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The Road to Nowhere 
is Difficult to Build 

by Charles Turner 

I recently heard a story that 
really intrigued me and it has a 
great message to it. The account 
was of a government in South 
America that wanted to create 
some "busy" work for natives in 
an area of their country. The 
decision was made to recruit 
workers for the project of 
building a highway through the 
jungle. The workers were not to 
know that the highway would not 
lead to any destination. It was 
merely to provide work and in- 
come for the natives. 

The workers were recruited to 
build the highway. There was a 
great deal of delight for the 
workers. They would have a job 
and an income to meet the basic 
needs for their families. Each day 
the workers reported to their 
assignments and construction 
went ahead with a great deal of 
vigor. The heavy work was not a 
problem for the men. They even 
sang together as the trees fell 
and the clearing for the highway 
took shape. 

As the progress of the highway 
began to stretch through the 
jungle, word somehow reached 
the workers that the highway 
was not leading to any destina- 
tion. It was a project to fill their 
time and offer them an income. 
The songs began to fade from the 
daily routine and the progress 
began to slow down. Then it fell 
to a snail's pace. They were 
building a highway that would 
never be used. The dream died 
and with it the efforts of the men. 

The story has thousands of ap- 
plications to churches and in- 
dividual persons. If you need a 
proof text, you can find it in Prov- 
erbs 29:18, "Where there is no 

vision the people perish." There 
must be some strong motivating 
force in the lives of each of us or 
there is neither progress nor 
growth, nor is there a song to 

It is not unusual to see chur- 
ches languish for years because 
they have no vision. If asked, 
they would tell you their purpose 
was to glorify God and preach 
the Gospel. Both of these high 
and noble tasks are indeed the 
mission of the Church. Yet there 
is no established way to perform 
the work. Each day and each 
week is filled with the motions of 
doing activities and getting 
ready for the next service. The 
excitement of building up lives 
and bringing new lives to Christ 
is not in the vital plan. They are 
building roads, but going 
nowhere. The singing ceases to a 
methodical repetition of words 
being mouthed from memory, 
but no excitement of new ven- 
tures for Christ. 

We have filled our heads with 
theology and systematized it to 
the highest levels. We could 
repeat it in our sleep, but the 
morning light does not bring the 
hope of another opportunity for 
God. The road is not leading 
anywhere! The Word must be 

joined with the warm love of God 
and the influencing power of the 
Holy Spirit. Then it is more than 
systematic theology. It is the liv- 
ing Word of God. 

What is true of churches is 
true of individuals. If the roads of 
our lives are being built, but they 
are not leading to a definite 
place, it is difficult to build them. 
If life is a process without pur- 
pose, there will be no vitality or 
spirit to it. 

As you begin the new year, are 
there purposes and plans for the 
destination of your road? As you 
make the clearing through the 
jungle of life and remove the 
obstacles, is there the daily ex- 
pectation of what is beyond the 
next clearing? If not, there will be 
no song in your heart as you 
labor for the Lord. If the road you 
are building in your life is not 
leading somewhere, it will be dif- 
ficult to have the daily motiva- 
tion to keep going. The way will 
be clouded and the motions will 
be without purpose. Make your 
life count for God and there will 
also be a song of joy in your life. 

HERALD/ January 19 1 


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[ERALD/ January 1987 




I asked God to take away my pride, 
but God said, "No." 
M He said it was not for Him to take away, 
but for me to give up. 

I asked God to grant me patience, 

but God said, "No." 

He said that patience is a by-product 

of tribulation. 

It isn't granted, it's earned. 

I asked God to give me happiness, 

but God said, "No." 

He said He gives blessings. Happiness 

is up to me. 

I asked God to spare me pain, 

but God said, "No." 

He said, "Suffering draws you apart 

from worldly cares and brings you 

closer to me," 

I asked God to make my spirit grow, 

but God said, "No." 

He said I must grow on my own, but 

He will prune me to make me fruitful. 

I asked God if He loved me, 

and God said, "Yes." 

He gave me His only Son who died for 

me and I will be in heaven someday, 

because I believe. 

I asked God to help me love others 

as much as He loves me. 

And God said, "Ah, finally you have 

the right idea!" 

Author Unknown 

HERALD/ January 19 ? 


The Subtlety 


by Nancy Green 

It happened so calmly and quietly that I never 
noticed the difference. That's usually the way it is, 
you know. 

We think we have given every area of our life to 
the Lord, and then, there it is -- some area that we 
have allowed to slip into our own control again. 

I had to struggle with materialism for a long 
time. I thought I didn't have a problem with it. 
After all, I knew what I Timothy 6:10 says: "For the 
love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and 
some by longing for it have wandered away from 
the faith, and pierced themselves with many a 
pang." I didn't long for money and I certainly 
wasn't wandering away from the faith. Why, my 
whole life was involved in Christian work. 

That is where I was fooled. What I didn't unders- 
tand was what materialism really is. Webster says 
that materialism is "the tendency to be more con- 
cerned with material than with spiritual goals 
or values." How easy it was for me as a single girl 
to miss the mark in this important area. Teaching 
in a Christian school didn't bring in a super salary, 
but by only having to look out for myself, I could 
do with my money as I pleased. 

It wasn't until I began dating my future hus- 
band, Dan, that I realized how important clothes 
had become to me. He had to be talked into buy- 
ing new clothes, because to him the old ones were 

always good enough. On the other hand, I spent 
a lot of spare time shopping at the malls, looking 
for new outfits that would make me feel good and 
that would impress him. It made me feel good to 
have something new. 

I began to see a number of areas in which the 
outward man had become more important than 
the inner man. My outward appearance had 
become more important than time alone with the 
Lord. I guess I figured that if the outside looked 
good, no one would guess what was happening on 
the inside. 

Our first two years of marriage helped me get 
this important area of my life back into perspec- 
tive again. While Dan was in seminary, I was work- 
ing. We never wondered where the next meal was 
coming from, but there was no money available to 
go shopping for new shoes and new clothes as I 
was used to doing. Dan helped me to focus on the 
inner man again and to put emphasis on spiritual 

It was so good to have that area of my life back 
in shape again. And then it happened so calmly 
and quietly that I never noticed the difference. 

That's usually the way it is, you know. I had 
become dissatisfied with all that the Lord had 
given me. 

We were on furlough and I started to look around 
at all that the young couples our age had. So many 
of the men had secure jobs that were paying well. 
They had homes of their own, two cars, a 
microwave oven in the kitchen and a video cassette 
recorder in the living room. They were always 
dressed nicely and looked like they had it "all 
together." I began to dream of what it would be like 
to have all of those things. 

Then God pulled me up short and lovingly 
helped me to see again that I needed to refocus my 
thinking. I was placing value on material things 
without realizing it and had become discontent. 

How wonderful it would be to know that I'll never 
have a problem in this area again. If I will always 
"set my mind on the things above, not on the 
things that are on earth," (Col. 3:2) and through 
that see how God has "blessed me with every 
spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in 
Christ" (Eph. 1:3), I will truly be content with all 
I have. But if it does happen again, I know that God 
will be right there to gently lead me back to Him, 
to help me make the spiritual values far more im- 
portant than anything I can possess. 

That's usually the way it happens, you know. 

Nancy and Dan Green are our only missionaries cur- 
rently serving in Brasilia, Brazil. Nancy is a graduate of 
Grace College and taught music in Christian schools 
before marrying Dan, whom she met at Grace Brethren 
Church of Columbus, Ohio. The Greens have two children: 
Mary Hannah and Aaron. 

tERALD/ January 1987 


Even though Roman Catholicism 
claims the most followers in 
Brazil, most Brazilians follow 
their own gods. Is God merely a 
mental abstraction? 

The God Of The Brazilian 

by Sandy Farner 

After witnessing to the boss of one of our 
believers, she replied to me, "But my God is dif- 
ferent. He's the way I imagine Him to be in my 

She's a nice lady — upper-middle class, in- 
telligent, the owner of a small custom-made 
clothing factory, warm, friendly, caring (in fact, she 
had just donated some used clothing to help in the 
bazaar that our youth were sponsoring). She's a 
really nice person. I'm sure you'd like her. But she's 
so typical of the religious confusion which reigns 
in this huge "religious" country. Consider these 
thoughts about God from well-known Brazilian 
leaders of the past: 

"God is a purely mental abstraction with 
different names that are vested with the 
same significance." (Getulio Vargas, former 

"So, becoming humanflesh, God became 
as small as man and man became as big as 
God." (Padre Anchieta, the most well-known 
Catholic priest in Brazilian history) 

"God is the owner of everything; he is. 
himself the land, the heavens, the past, the 
present and the future." (Machado de Assis, 
well-known author) 

Early Brazilian history abounds with devout 
Jesuit missionaries who, while trying to protect 
the Indians from the exploitation of the Portuguese 
noblemen, gathered them into villages, each 
village organized around a church. The Jesuits 
"converted" them, taught them -- in other words, 
"civilized" them. Portuguese rulers from the very 
beginning declared Roman Catholicism to be the 
state religion. However, religious freedom was 

Both the Brazilian Indians and later the African 
slaves, although "converted", never really left 
behind the trappings of their own religions. And 
so today, God, in the mind of the Brazilian, is 
usually a mixture of many ideas. 

The traditional Roman Catholic worships a God 
who is draped in the rituals and ceremonies of the 
Catholic Church. They must go through the saints 
and Mary to Jesus in order to have access to the 
Father. The church becomes supremely important 
at birth and death. Some attend weekly mass and 
often have an image of a saint in their homes. They 
use the crucifix hanging around their necks and 
over their doors (always with a dead Christ). And 
they may even give the sign of the cross when they 
pass by a church. But their God really has little 
to do with their day-to-day life. 

The god of the liberal Catholic is certainly a 
"day-to-day" god. He's interested in "saving the 
world". This means liberating the people from 
social and economic injustices. Church leaders 
become so involved in social and political issues 
that one gets the idea that there's only the now. 
They don't talk much about the God of heaven and 
a hope beyond the injustices of this life. Their god 
definitely pertains to the present. 

The god of the European-type Spiritist is a force. 
As a force, he enables his followers, by their own 
positive thoughts and will, to do good things in 
order to make this life more comfortable and to 
merit something better after reincarnation. Some 
people evidently don't make it and return after 
death to bother those who are left behind. Seances 
are held to try to communicate with these human 


HERALD/ January 198 


The god of the Spiritist has revealed himself in 
The Gospel According to Spiritism which 
supersedes the Old and New Testaments. When 
you analyze the god of the Spiritist, he seems to 
be a bargaining kind of god. "You do this for me 
now. and I'll do this for you in the next life." 

The god of the Umbanda or Macumba Spiritist 
seems to be rather impotent. His followers em- 
phasize sorceries and offerings to summon good 
spirits and to ward off evil ones, therefore, making 
life more comfortable for oneself and making life 
more miserable for one's enemies. Evidently their 
god can't handle things without their help. 

The cults have their gods, too. The god of the 
Mormon is a human person who by perfection has 
been exalted. This gives his followers hope that if 
they live right and follow the church, after death 
they will also be exalted to godhood - to inhabit 
other planets and to produce other gods. 

The god of the Jehovah's Witness is strictly 
monotheistic. The Holy Spirit is merely a force, 
and Jesus is seen as an exalted angel. 

The other cults, and sadly some Protestants, im- 
agine their god as the Supreme Being -- but he's 
seen as a doting old grandfather or a vengeful 
Uncle Scrooge. Some say he tolerates everything, 
and others give the idea that he tolerates nothing. 
Some say he wants man to be happy-go-lucky, and 
others give the impression that he exists to make 
man miserable. In both cases, salvation seems to 
be based on a balance-system of good versus bad 

I'm not sure just where the nice boss fits 
religiously. She seemed to have visited them all - 
and borrowed from each. That's often the case in 

Brazil. But I thought it interesting to see the reac- 
tion of her employee (who's a born-again believer 
from our church). As we talked later in private, the 
employee commented, "Isn't it sad? She's so mixed 
up. She's taken so many ideas about God and 
mixed them up until her God is really nothing. 
Why doesn't she just accept what the Bible savs 
about God?" 

Listen to Jeremiah 2:11-13. "Hath a nation 
changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But 
my people have changed their glory for that 
which doth not profit. Be appalled. O ye heavens. 
at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very 
desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have com- 
mitted two evils: they have forsaken me, the foun- 
tain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns, 
broken cisterns, that can hold no water." 

Sandy and Tim Farner have served as missionaries in 
Brazil for 18 years. In 1975, they moved to Uberlandia 
in south Brazil to pioneer a church planting ministry. 
Tim is the field superintendent for south Brazil. Sandy 
disciples women, teaches in the church, helps with the 
business aspect of the mission, and takes care of her 
home and three sons. 

IERALD/ January 1987 


This Isn't A Vacation 

Wendell Kent 

I asked them who paid for their trip. They ad- 
mitted that they did, but that it was money well 
spent, better than lots of vacation trips where you 
come home wondering why you went in the first 
place. Some Yokefellows do get some sponsorship 
from friends and churches. 

It would be hard to find two people more excited 
about missions than Ray and Betty Sturgill. A talk 
with them makes you want to check out new ways 
to get more involved personally in serving the 

Ray is a booster for Yokefellows. He sees this new 
ministry of Grace Brethren Men and Boys as a 
wonderful opportunity for guys like him. If you ask 
him, he'll be happy to tell you all about it. He told 
me that there are two levels to the Yokefellow plan. 
Level I involves committing yourself to be a back- 
up friend to a missionary - either home or foreign. 
That may mean running errands for him, order- 
ing parts for a machine, checking out good deals 
on computer software, or even running in- 
terference with governmental red tape. Level II 
often grows out of Level I (at least it did for Ray). 
This level involves actually pitching in with hands- 
on mission experience for a short term. When you 
start talking about this, Ray, who works for the 
maintenance department at Grace College, really 
lights up. He can't wait to tell you about his latest 
adventure. Ray and Betty spent thirty days in 
France (Oct., 1986), helping to build some apart- 
ments for students who will attend the Grace 
Seminary Extension sessions there. 

Betty went along on this trip. She, along with 
other wives, served as cook for this volunteer 
building crew. Somehow, they managed to pick up 
a contagious enthusiasm for the work of missions 
in Europe. 

Maybe This Is For You 

In case some of you might be wondering 
whether Yokefellows would be a good thing for you 
to investigate, I asked Ray and Betty a few ques- 
tions that may make things a little clearer. 

I asked them how they overcame the language 
barrier. "That was the fun part," they said. Betty 
carried a phrase book with her to the bakery and 
other shops. Ray said that the universal similari- 
ty of construction problems made dealing with 
delivery men and inspectors fairly easy. Besides, 
there was usually a missionary somewhere to pro- 
vide translation. 

I asked them whether they would ever do it 
again. They have no doubts about this. I think 
they'd leave tomorrow. In fact, they are already 
planning their next adventure, which will be at the 
Navajo Mission. 

I asked Betty if there are any "yokewomen." She 
said that so far this is not officially developed, 
although unofficially there are some examples. 
Ruth Ann Cone, she said, has a yokesister. Ruth 
Ann is a missionary in France. Primarily, though, 
this is a ministry for men. It's a ministry whose 
time has come. The women of the WMC have out- 
done the men for a long time in service to mis- 
sions. But look out, ladies. We're picking up speed. 

For information on Yokefellows, contact Grace 
Brethren Men and Boys, RO. Box 416, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 


HERALD/ January 198 


Watch Your Attitude 

All of us who name the name of Jesus as Savior 
and Lord have a common assignment: Com- 
municate God's saving truth. Communicate it in 
one-to-one testimony. Communicate it in church 
services. Communicate it individually, locally, na- 
tionally, and globally Communicate it by radio 
and television. Communicate it by tracts and 
magazines and books. 

Yet in carrying out this all-inclusive imperative, 
our major concern is not with means and methods 
and media, the technology and techniques of our 
day. Our major concern is with ourselves - the 
motives we have as we communicate the Word, the 
principles we follow, the goals we keep in view, and 
especially the attitudes that control us. Of course 
we must preach the Word and tell the old, old story. 
But how? I suggest five controlling attitudes. 

Communicating confidently 

We must share the good news with conviction 
and authority. We must bear in our hearts and 
minds I Thessalonians 2:13: "And we also thank 
God continually because, when you received the 
Word of God, which you heard from us, you 

by Vernon C. Grounds 

accepted it not as the word of men, but as it ac- 
tually is, the Word of God. which is at work in you 
who believe" (NIV). 

Do we believe, personally and profoundly, that 
the message we are communicating is the Word 
of God? Perhaps our witness is stumbling, hesi- 
tant, tongue-tied, naive, and simple. Are we dead 
sure, nevertheless, that it is God's truth we are 
sharing, backed by all of God's authority and 
power? If we have this faith, then we can witness 
with confidence even though our witness may be 
weak and wobbly. For the power lies not in our 
words but in God's Word. 

. . . the power lies not in our 
words but in God's Word. 

David Hume, the eighteenth-century Scottish 
philosopher, was the father of modern skepticism. 
With irony and logic he attacked the existence of 
God and the possibility of miracles. But quite 
regularly on Sundays he went to hear a dogmatic 
Presbyterian minister in Edinburgh. When his 

IERALD/ January 1987 



cynical friends chided him for his inconsistency, 
Hume replied, "I don't believe what he preaches, 
but he believes it; and once a week I like to hear 
a man say what he believes." 

Communicating honestly 

To communicate the Word effectively, we must 
also communicate it honestly. Notice the focus on 
simple honesty in II Corinthians 2:17: "Unlike so 
many, we do not peddle the Word of God for prof- 
it. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God 
with sincerity, like men sent from God" (NIV: see 
also II Cor. 4:2 and II Tim. 2:15). 

Why does Scripture focus on honesty? The 
reason, alas, is rather plain. As sinners, we carry 
on a constant battle against an inborn tendency 
to take over God's job - only, as regenerate sinners, 
we play God in subtle ways. Instead of indulging 
in the violent megalomania of an Adolf Hitler, we 
prefer to pose as experts on Scripture and claim 
that God is speaking through our pronounce- 
ments, when as a matter of fact, we are merely ven- 
tilating our own prejudices. 

We claim God's awesome authority for our own 
fallible opinions, insisting. "Thus said the Lord," 
when we should be confessing, "This is my guess." 
As proud sinners, we fail to heed John Calvin's 
stern admonition, "Let us be silent when God has 
shut his holy mouth." 

Thus, some Christians have dogmatically claim- 
ed God's authority for racial segregation, white 
supremacy, and anti-Semitism. Other Christians 
have dogmatically claimed God's authority for 
witch burning and snake handling: the divine 
right of kings to govern wrongly; slavery and 
polygamy; and for every conceivable heresy and 

If we force Scripture to say what 

we prefer to have it say, we are 

no longer obedient believers. 

In honesty, we must refuse to treat the Bible as 
a ventriloquist's dummy through which we mouth 
our own hunches. If we force Scripture to say what 
we prefer to have it say, we are no longer obedient 
believers. We are false witnesses in danger of palm- 
ing off human lies as God's truth. 

Communicating prayerfully 

We must communicate the Word prayerfully. 
We could just as well say we communicate the 
Word pneumatically. That looks like a complicated 
term, but in Greek it simply means air, wind, or 
spirit. To communicate the Word pneumatically is 
to communicate it in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Prayer and the Holy Spirit are as inseparable as 
the inside and the outside of a cup. The Holy Spirit 

enables us to communicate God's Word effective- 
ly. It enlightens, regenerates, and converts through 
Scripture. But we cannot share the truth pneu- 
matically unless we do it prayerfully. 

I grasp more firmly the interconnectedness of 
human prayer and divine spirit of the Word. Listen 
to I Corinthians 2:4-5: "My message and my 
preaching were not with wise and persuasive 
words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's 
power, so that your faith might not rest on men's 
wisdom, but on God's power" (NIV). 

The people to whom we witness are lost and 
blind, deaf, bound, and dead. They are incapable 
of receiving the truth until, in response to believ- 
ing prayer, the Holy Spirit works a miracle of 
enlightenment, regeneration, and conversion. 
Without supernatural action, all our witnessing is 
in vain. The Spirit works as we pray. 

We must witness; 

but before we witness, we pray. 

While we witness, we pray. 

After we witness, we pray. 

We must witness: but before we witness, we pray. 
While we witness, we pray. After we witness, we 
pray. We do our human utmost to communicate 
the gospel effectively, but we master one indispen- 
sable lesson if we have never mastered it before. 
To communicate the gospel pneumatically, that is, 
in demonstration of the Spirit and power, we must 
communicate it prayerfully. 

Communicating compassionately 

I Thessalonians 2:7-8, a moving piece of 
autobiography, discloses the tenderness of the 
apostle Paul, that great-souled witness, who stands 
without peer in the effective communication of 
God's message. 

"As apostles of Christ we could have been a 
burden to you," Paul writes to the community at 
Thessalonica, "but we were gentle among you, 
like a mother caring for her little children. We lov- 
ed you so very much that we were delighted to 
share with you not only the gospel of God but our 
lives as well because you had become so dear to 
us" (NIV). 

Compassion is a master principle 
of effective communication. 

This passage lays bare the secret of Paul's 
witness: he was a compassionate communicator. 
Undoubtedly, he knew from oral tradition that his 
Master before him had wept outside the grave of 
Lazarus and had also wept as he sat overlooking 


HERALD/ January 1987 


the self-doomed city of Jerusalem. Compassion is 
a master principle of effective communication -- 
tender compassion, burdened compassion, loving 
compassion, yes, even tearful compassion. 

Communicating incarnationally 

A single text will be enough on this score, and 
that is the great statement in John 1:14: "The 
Word became flesh." Central to Christianity is the 
incredible act of divine condescension by which 
the everlasting Father became Mary's baby, 

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; 

Hail th' incarnate Deity, 

Pleased as man with men to dwell, 

Jesus, our Emmanuel. 
Together with the Atonement and the Resurrec- 
tion, the Incarnation is the heart of the gospel, the 
divine Creator identifying himself with his human 
creature, immortal love lived out in mortal pro- 
toplasm, subject to growth and pain and death. 
"The Word became flesh." 

Physicist Robert Oppenheimer remarked some 
years ago, "If you want to send an idea, wrap it 
up in a person." God did just that. He wrapped 
himself up in the person of Jesus Christ, and 
because the Word became flesh, we now know 
what truth is; we know what forgiveness is: we 
know what grace is: we know what love is; we know 
who God is. 

because the Word became flesh, 

we now know what truth is; 

we know what forgiveness is; 

we know what grace is; 

we know what love is; 

we know who God is. 

If people today are to know truth and forgiveness 
and grace and love and God, the Word must again 
become flesh, not in a repetition of the Virgin 
Birth, but in that miracle by which Jesus Christ 
through the Holy Spirit lives out his life in our lives 
day after day. 

What a radiant person Marilyn Edwards Madsen 
was, filled with God's love, exuding sunshine, 
cheerfulness, and joy. With her husband, Dick, she 
witnessed in Africa after they both graduated from 
Denver Seminary. Then, in her early thirties, dur- 
ing the birth of her fourth child, Marilyn died. 

Her death was a heartbreaking tragedy for her 
parents, a stunning blow from which they have 
never fully recovered. Yet, in those days of agoniz- 
ing sorrow, they bore their loss with quiet dignity, 
strength, and submission, refusing to question 
God's wisdom and goodness, never revealing any 

trace of resentment or bitterness. Morning after 
morning, her father, Dr. Edwards, who taught Old 
Testament at Denver Seminary, met with his class 
on the Book of Job and continued to explain the 
need for faith in the face of life's mysterious 

Some time later, when Dr. Edwards retired, the 
seminary held a testimonial banquet in his honor. 
One of his former students, now a pastor, spoke on 
behalf of all the alumni. He made a few of the usual 
remarks, then recalled the death of Marilyn Ed- 
wards Madsen. He described how in the weeks im- 
mediately afterward her bereaved father, morning 
after morning taught the Book of Job, discussing 
the testing of faith in the crucible of suffering and 
emphasizing the need for trust in the face of loss 
and tragedy. That alumnus said, "In those morn- 
ings, we saw the Word become flesh." 

For the effective communication of redemptive 
truth, the Word must become flesh. Confidence, 
honesty, prayer, and compassion are not enough. 
The Word must be communicated incarnational- 
ly. May God help us, then, to be living words 
who flesh out his saving grace! 

Vernon C. Grounds, a contributing editor of Christiani- 
ty Today, is president emeritus of Denver Seminary. His 
books include Revolution and the Christian Faith and 
Evangelism and Social Responsibility. This article 
reprinted with permission from the November 21 edition 
of Christianity Today. 

"Sis, Giving thanks in all things 
means we gotta say grace before we 
even chew bubblegum!?!" 

ERALD/ January 1987 



Church Giving 

How are the Brethren doing when it comes to 
church finances? 

This is a difficult question to answer since there 
is such a limited basis on which to make a com- 
parison. But we do have some numbers that are 
now available and the comparison reaches a very 
wide area. Below are the records of 49 denomina- 
tions in the United States and their giving records 

at the end of their 1984 fiscal years. So, the figures 
are quite current. 

The method of determining the per capita giving 
is the membership divided into the total giving for 
all causes for each of the groups. 

The Grace Brethren did very well and we are rank- 
ed in the fifth place on the list. There is a wealth 
of material on this page, not only as to giving, but 
as to the size of the different denominations. 











1. Christ & Miss. Alliance 



21. Reformed Ch. in U.S. 



2. Evang. Ch. of N. America 



22. Wise. Evang. Lutheran 



3. Wesleyan Church 



23. Evang. Congregational 



4. Orthodox Presby. 



24. Moravian (N. Province) 



5. Grace Brethren 



25. Ch. of the Luth. Conf. 



6. Evang. Covenant 



26. Evang. Lutheran 



7. Seventh Day Adventists 



27. Church of the Brethren 



8. Evang. Mennonite 



28. Lutheran, Missouri 



9. Brethren in Christ 



29 Friends United Mtg. 



10. Mennonite 



30. American Lutheran 



11. Reformed Ch. in America 



31. Schwenkfelder Ch. 



12. N. Amer Baptists Conf. 



32. Lutheran Ch. in Amer 



13. Ch. of God, Gen. Conf. 



33. Cumberland Presby. 



14. Church of the Nazarene 



34. United Church of Christ 



15. Church of God, Anderson 



35. Gen. Assoc, of Reg. Bapt. 



16. Episcopal 



36. Southern Baptist Conv. 



17. Cons. Cong. Christ. Conf. 



37. United Methodist 



18. Assoc. Ref. Presby. 



38. American Baptists 



19. Presbyterian, U.S.A. 



39. Latvian Evang. Lutheran 



20. Disciples of Christ 



Read, study, and enjoy and help to make this a 
challenge for your future giving as unto the Lord. 



HERALD/ January 198 


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Moderator: All in favor of this motion, indicate 
by saying, "AYE." 

Delegates: "AYE!" 

Moderator: All opposed to this motion, indicate 
by saying, "NO." 

Delegates: " 

The silent response felt by the second was as 
supportive as the resounding response of the first. 

This unanimous decision by our delegates at 
national conference on August 7, 1986, set in 
motion the redressing of a former injustice, paving 
the way for a decent retirement income for our 
well-deserving ministerium! 

One year prior, the delegates approved the for- 
mation of a five-man study committee to study the 
status and liabilities of the existing board of 
ministerial relief and, at the same time, develop a 
retirement program comparable to other 
denominations and suitable for our fellowship of 
churches. Extensive surveys were then completed, 
a financial consultant was retained, and several in- 
tensive committee meetings were conducted. 

Our report to the conference, so enthusiastical- 
ly endorsed by the delegates, offered the following 

1) The dissolution of the present Board of 
Ministerial Emergency and Retirement Benefits, 
with a program designed to fund the benefits of 
its presently active participants, with the 
greatest consideration given those who are 
receiving current retirement benefits. 

2) The execution of a contract with a nationally 
recognized leader in the pension industry for a 
group retirement plan for the ministerium of the 
FGBC and employees of its creatures of 

The delegates voted unanimously, as well, to in- 
crease credential fees from the present level of 
$1.00 per member to $2.00 per member, in order 
to partially fund and amortize the remaining 
liabilities of the old board, and secure the con- 
tinued and future payments to those retirees and 
widows presently receiving benefits. Our commit- 
tee is also developing a fund-raising package of 
bulletin inserts, slide tapes, and offering materials 
with the hopes of raising enough money over the 
next several years to fully provide for this need. 

The re-commissioned committee met in 
September with representatives of Aetna In- 
surance Company, which was chosen from among 
several industry leaders to be the provider of in- 
vestment and administrative services for the new 
of Grace Brethren Churches. 

We will work closely with Aetna as we offer two 
major benefit options for our Fellowship. 

1) A Defined Contribution Money Purchase Plan 
- This plan will be the primary vehicle whereby 
a church can contribute toward its pastor's retire- 
ment. The minimum contribution for participa- 
tion in this option is 5% of the pastor's salary, in- 
cluding housing allowance. The committee views 
this as the minimal amount necessary to assure 
the minister of a respectable retirement. We would 
encourage a more aggressive percentage, par- 
ticularly for those pastors who are nearer to retire- 
ment than the younger ones. Aetna will employ its 
Discretionary Asset Management team in the 
Fellowship's behalf, which will result in highly 
competitive investment returns for each pastor's 
account. Aetna is a leader in pension asset 
management and reported over $32 billion in pen- 
sion assets under management in 1985! 

2) A Tax-Sheltered Annuity Plan - Also known as 
"403-B" plans (a reference to the tax code), this 
will be the primary vehicle for a pastor to invest 
in his own retirement via salary deduction. Aet- 
na's return on these individual investments is 
highly competitive and designed for long-term 
substantive growth. This plan will also allow for 
participation of non-ministerial employees and will 
allow for contributions from the employer, in the 
event a church would not be able, initially to fund 
a full 5% in the defined contribution plan. 

is hard at work delivering a product of excellence 
for the future benefits of our ministerium and 
employees of our churches and related auxiliaries. 

Encourage your church's participation in this 
program. Your active support of this plan will send 
a strong and encouraging signal of solidarity to our 
Fellowship, and to those dedicated servants who 
work hard to enrich our lives. 

If the vote for participation comes before your 
congregation, I trust the response will be: All in 
favor: "AYE!" - All opposed: " 

-- Larry N. Chamberlain 

Larry Chamberlain is the 
Assistant Executive Director 
of Grace Brethren Home 
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HERALD/ January 198 < 


Pursuing A Passion 

National Conference 1987 

Recently I read these words, written by a 
Brethren elder. '7s there no longer any justifica- 
tion for the existence of such a denomination as 
our own?" 

The elder's name was Alva J. MeClain, and the 
quote is from his moderator's address of the 42nd 
General Conference of the Brethren Church held 
in 1930. Dave Plaster came across the message 
and was kind enough to pass it on to me. 

MeClain not only asked the question, he gave the 
answer in a challenging and perceptive message 
reflecting a situation strangely similar to ours 
today. He stated the following, "The present 
situation in this country offers an unparalleled 
opportunity to any denomination that can say. 
'We stand for all the great truths of the Christian 
faith . . .'" 

National Conference 1987 will highlight the 
50th anniversary of Grace Theological Seminary, 
the school MeClain and his friends founded as a 
part of his response to the challenge of his day. The 
conference theme, "Pursuing A Passion" reflects 
the longing of many to recapture the kind of vi- 
sion and courage that brought the seminary into 

In the last few months a number of people have 
voiced essentially the same question as Alva J. 
MeClain, "Is it worth being Brethren?" Answer- 
ing that question will not result from an analysis 
of the current state of our fellowship and the world 
in which we live. It will require looking into our 
hearts and asking whether we have the same kind 
of vision and courage that those men manifested 
fifty years ago. We do not want to relive the past. 
Our passion is to face the challenges of the present 
and to face the final decade of our century with 
a renewed sense of destiny. 

Most of us would agree that only prayer - signifi- 
cant praying - will take away the dimness of our 
souls and rekindle the flame of passion. Con- 
ference 1987 will highlight, on August 2, a Day 
with God, devoted to prayer and fasting, coor- 
dinated by Roger Peugh. We are asking that this 
Day with God be observed in Brethren churches 
throughout the world. 

We want to encourage all of you who believe in 
prayer to join us in setting aside one or more Days 
with God from now until next August for our 

Fellowship. Your pastor will have brochures to help 
you plan this day, either alone or with others. 

It will be a privilege to greet many of you August 
1-7, 1987 at Winona Lake. Indiana. Together may 
we pursue the passion that gave birth to the 
Brethren movement and has nurtured it to the 

- Tbm Julien, Moderator 

Tom Julien's 28 years as a 
missionary have provided 
him with much insight into 
the areas of evangelization 
and church planting. Tom 
assisted by his wife Doris, is 
presently serving as Ex- 
ecutive Director for Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions. 

Plan Ahead for 

National Conference 
August 1-7, 1987 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Pursuing A Passion 



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Focus on the Family President Dr. James Dob- 
son spent 14 difficult months serving on the U.S. 
Attorney General's Commission on Pornography. 
In this interview. Dr. Dobson talks about the 
dangers of pornography to American families 
and what can be done to eradicate this blot on 
the American landscape. 

Why was the Attorney General's Commis- 
sion on Pornography created? 

It was done at the request of President Ronald 
Reagan, who expressed concern over the explosion 
of pornography that had occurred since the first 
Commission on Pornography brought out its 
report in 1970. He asked that a second commis- 
sion be established to study again the effects of 
pornography on individuals, on families, and on 
society at large. I was there at the White House 
that day as he made this proposal, not knowing 
that I would be asked to participate in this effort. 
One year later, Attorney General Edwin Meese 
responded to the President's mandate by appoint- 
ing an 11-member commission. My name was on 
the list. 

Why was the second commission necessary? 

For two reasons. First, the pornography industry 
today bears little resemblance to what it was in 
1967 when the first commission launched its in- 
vestigation. Sexually explicit materials that were 
illegal then and only available under the counter 
are not even published today. They are so tame 
that there is no market for them. Therefore, the 
study that was begun 19 years ago is obsolete to- 
day. Secondly, the findings of that initial commis- 
sion had been thoroughly discredited. It was ap- 
pointed by President Lyndon Johnson, who 
assembled an extremely liberal commission with 
a member of the American Civil Liberties Union 
(ACLU) as its chairperson. Their report 
represented such a whitewash that it was im- 
mediately rejected by President Nixon and by Con- 
gress. It is even less respected today. For these 
reasons, a new investigation was called for. 

What were the conclusions of that first 

Essentially, it said that pornography had a 
beneficial impact on society. It saw porn as a 


HERALD/ January 1981 


marital aid and as a source of information about 
sex. It also believed that pornography would have 
a so-called "cathartic effect" on the sexual tension 
evident in the culture. That is, by allowing people 
to have free access to sexually explicit material, 
their passions would be reduced and the desire to 
commit acts of sexual violence would be lessened. 
It was anticipated that incidences of rape and 
molestation of children would be reduced by 
removing governmental restraint on pornography. 
Unfortunately, the commission was wrong. Dead 

What is the scope of pornography and who 
is producing it? 

Eighty percent of all pornography sold in the U.S. 
is produced in Los Angeles County and is then ship- 
ped illegally to the rest of the country. Eighty-five 
percent of this multi-billion-dollar industry is con- 
trolled by organized crime (the Mafia). Those who 
try to barge in on their business are either killed or 
mutilated. One persistent distributor was tied 
against a wall and a truck was driven into his legs. 
The Mob simply does not tolerate competition! 

How did the new commission go about the 
task of assessing the problem of pornography? 

We conducted a rigorous, year-long investigation 
that left us exhausted and emotionally depleted. 
Serving on this commission was the most difficult 
and unpleasant responsibility I have undertaken 
in my adult life. We held lengthy hearings in six 
U.S. cities during which we heard testimony from 
victims of pornography, police officers, FBI agents, 
social scientists, and even from the producers of 
hard-core materials. So many people wanted to 
testify that the hearings sometimes lasted as long 
as 12 hours a day with minimal breaks. Hundreds 
of pounds of documents and reports were sent for 
our consideration between meetings, which inten- 
sified as we approached the final report. But by far. 
the most distressing assignment was the material 
we were asked to review. Some of it was so shock- 
ing that members of the public fled from the 
auditoriums when it was displayed. Obviously, this 
has been a very long year for me. 

Within the limits of propriety, would you 
describe the nature of the pornography in- 
dustry today? 

It is extremely importent for Christians to know 
what is being sold by the pornographers today, 
although I can't adequately describe it in a family 
magazine like this. If our people understood the 
debauchery of this business, they would be far 
more motivated to work for its control. You see, 
most people believe that mainstream pornography 
is represented by the centerfolds in today's men's 
magazines. In fact, that is precisely what the ACLU 
and the sex industry want us to think. But if one 

were to go into the sex shops on Times Square or 
in most other large cities in the country, he would 
find very little so-called normal heterosexual ac- 
tivity. Instead, he would encounter a heavy em- 
phasis on violent homosexual and lesbian activi- 
ty, on excrement, mutilation, sadomasochism, 
urination, defacation, cutting of the genitals, 
enemas, oral and anal sex, instrumentation for the 
torture of women and depictions of sex between 
humans and animals. Amazingly, there is a huge 
market for materials of this nature. 

How did you handle the pressures 
associated with this responsibility? 

I have a very steady personality, but at times 
during this assignment I hung on to my emotions 
pretty tightly. Having been a faculty member at 
a large medical school and serving on the attend- 
ing staff at a major children's hospital for 17 years. 
I thought I had seen and heard just about 
everything. I have stood in an operating room 
while a team of surgeons massaged a woman's 
heart for hours after her husband blasted her at 
point-blank range with a shotgun. She never 
regained consciousness. I've seen children with 
pitiful deformities that tore at my heart. I've 
witnessed cancer in its final stages and all of the 
tragedies that arrive in hospital emergency 
facilities on busy weekends. Like other profes- 
sionals, I learned to control my emotions and con- 
tinued to function. Nevertheless, nothing in my 
training or experience fully prepared me for the 
confrontation with pornography that was to come. 
I learned that purchasers of this material, like 
vultures, prefer their meat rancid and raw. 

Do you regret accepting this responsibility? 

No, agreeing to serve was my duty to God and 
to my country. But I'm glad that it is finished, even 
though my fellow commissioners and I still have 
to face a $30-million-dollar lawsuit brought by 
Playboy, Penthouse, et al. Unfortunately, serving 
on a governmental commission offers no in- 
surance coverage, and we are personally liable for 
any judgments against us. 

What aspect of what you saw was most 
troubling to you, personally? 

The child pornography distressed me more than 
anything I've witnessed in my years. Though 
categorically illegal since 1983, a thriving cottage 
industry still exists in this country. Fathers, step- 
fathers, uncles, teachers and neighbors find ways 
to secure photographs of children in their care. 
Then they sell or trade the pictures to fellow 
pedophiles. Those pictures are often sold eventual- 
ly to publishers in Holland, who print them in slick 
magazines and export them back to America. I will 
never forget a particular set of photographs shown 
to us at our first hearing in Washington. D.C.. 

3ERALD/ January 1987 



which I mentioned briefly in our new film series. 
These pictures were taken of a cute, nine-year-old 
boy who had fallen into the hands of a molester. 
In the first photo, the blond lad was fully clothed 
and smiling at the camera. But in the second, he 
was nude, dead and had a butcher knife pro- 
truding from his chest. My knees buckled and 
tears came to my eyes as hundreds of other 
photographs of children were presented. 

Would you address some of the criticisms 
that have been expressed by the ACLU and the 
press, among others? They have claimed 
repeatedly that this commission was biased 
and had its conclusions drawn before hearing 
any testimony. 

That is absolutely untrue. A quick analysis of 
our proceedings will reveal the painstaking pro- 
cess by which our conclusions were reached. If the 
deck were stacked, we would not have invested 
such long, arduous hours in debate and com- 
promise. Serving on the Commission were three 
attorneys, two psychologists, one psychiatrist, one 
social worker, one city council member, one 
Catholic priest, one federal judge and one 
magazine editor. Some were Christians, some 
Jewish and some atheists. Some were Democrats 
and some Republicans. All were independent, con- 
scientious citizens who took their responsibilities 
very seriously. Our diversity was also evident on 
strategic issues about which society itself is 
divided. Our voting on these more troublesome 
matters often split 6-5, being decided by a swing 
member or two. Some whitewash! So the 
characterization of this seven-man, four-woman 
panel as an ultraconservative "hit squad" is 
simply poppycock. Read the transcripts. You will 

You have been very critical of the way the 
press has reported this news story, blaming 
it for censorship. Explain that. 

There was not a single secular publisher in 
America who would print the Commission's 
report, nor would network television report the 
facts. CBS sent correspondent Bob Schieffer to my 
office to videotape a 45-minute interview for use 
during Dan Rather's evening news program. When 
edited, I was seen for exactly six seconds of ir- 
relevancy between two full statements of objec- 
tions by Hugh Hefner. Similar interviews with 
Time magazine, the Washington Post and USA To- 
day went unreported. People magazine also re- 
quested an interview. The reporter and I spoke for 
an hour after she assured me that my time would 
not be wasted. The following week. People carried 
a lengthy cover story on the subject of por- 
nography, but not a single comment of mine was 

Why do you think your remarks were 

Because what I had to say was in direct confron- 
tation to the distorted picture they are portraying 
to the public. Their conscious effort has been to 
make the American people think that our Com- 
mission damaged the First Amendment by attack- 
ing soft-core publications like Playboy and Pent- 
house. In truth, all of our recommendations dealt 
with material that is clearly illegal. You see, they 
apparently want to perpetuate the myth that por- 
nography is limited to relatively mild material in 
men's magazines . . . surrounded by good 
literature and fashion features. They wave the ban- 
ner of censorship and accuse the Commission of 
sexual repression, while carefully editing the in- 
formation given to the American people. 

What effect does pornography have on 
society at large? 

So-called adult bookstores are often centers of 
disease and homosexual activity. Again, the 
average citizen is not aware that the primary 
source of revenue in adult bookstores is derived 
from video and film booths. Patrons enter these 
3-by-3-foot cubicles and deposit a coin in the slot. 
They are then treated to about 90 seconds of a por- 
nographic movie. If they want to see more, they 
must continue to pump coins (usually quarters) 
into the machine. The booths I witnessed in New 
York's Times Square were even more graphic, in- 
volving live sex acts on stage. These booths are 
also used for private or homosexual gratification 
and become filthy beyond imagination. Given the 
current concern about sexually transmitted 
diseases and especially AIDS, it is incredible that 
local health departments have not attempted to 
regulate such businesses. States that will not allow 
restaurant owners, hairdressers, counselors or 
acupuncturists to operate without licenses have 
permitted these wretched cesspools to escape 
governmental scrutiny. To every public health of- 
ficer in the country I would ask: "Why?" 

What about the children who stumble onto 
their parent's sexually explicit materials? 
How common is that, and what effect does it 
have when it occurs? 

It would be extremely naive for us to assume 
that the river of obscenity which has inundated 
the American landscape has not invaded the world 
of children. There are more stores selling por- 
nographic videos than there are McDonald's 
restaurants. Latchkey kids by the millions are watch- 
ing porn on cable TV and reading their parents' 
adult magazines. For 25 cents, they can purchase 
their own pornographic newspapers from vendor 
machines on the street. At an age when 


HERALD/ January 19871 


elementary kids should be reading Tom Sawyer 
and viewing traditional entertainment in the spirit 
of Walt Disney, they are learning perverted facts 
which neither their minds nor their bodies are 
equipped to handle. 

Talk briefly about pornography and the 
family. What is its impact? 

Raising healthy children is the primary occupa- 
tion of families, and anything which invades the 
childhood and twists the minds of boys and girls 
must be seen as abhorrent to the mothers and 
fathers who gave them birth. Furthermore, what 
is at stake here is the future of the family itself. We 
are sexual creatures, and the physical attraction 
between males and females provides the basis for 
every dimension of marriage and parenthood. 
Thus, anything that interjects itself into that rela- 
tionship must be embraced with great caution. 
Until we know that pornography is not addictive 
and progressive . . . until we are certain that the 
passion of fantasy does not destroy the passion of 
reality . . . until we are sure that obsessive use of 
obscene materials will not lead to perversions and 
conflict between husbands and wives . . . then we 
dare not adorn them with the crown of respec- 
tability. Society has an absolute obligation to pro- 
tect itself from material which crosses the line 
established objectively by its legislators and court 
system. That is not sexual repression. That is 

Given the grave implications of obscenity 
on our society, why are the criminal laws to 
control it not being enforced? 

Good question! The refusal of federal and local 
officials to check the rising tide of obscenity is a 
disgrace and an outrage! It is said that the produc- 
tion and distribution of pornography is the only 
unregulated industry remaining in America today. 
Indeed, the salient finding emerging from months 
of testimony before our Commission reflected this 
utter paralysis of government in response to the 
pornographic plague. As citizens of a democratic 
society, we have surrendered our right to protect 
ourselves in return for protection by the state. 
Thus, our governmental representatives have a 
constitutional mandate to shield us from harm 
and criminal activity . . . including that associated 
with obscenity. It is time our leaders were held ac- 
countable for their obvious malfeasance. 

What is the bottom line? What do you 
believe the solutions are to this glut of por- 
nography that you have described? 

I believe the suggestions offered in the Commis- 
sion's final report will provide an effective guide 
toward that end. We not only attempted to assess 
the problem; we have offered a proposed resolu- 
tion. The testimony on which it is based makes it 

clear that we are engaged in a winnable war! 
America could rid itself of hard-core pornography 
in 18 months if the recommendations offered in 
the report are implemented. We have provided a 
road map for fine-tuning federal and state legisla- 
tion and for the mobilization of law enforcement 
efforts around the country. 

Do you want to make any final statement to 
the Christians who have read this interview? 

I want to express my deepest appreciation to the 
men and women who prayed for me during this 
term of public service. I felt the support of their 
prayers throughout the difficult deliberations 
when everything I believed in seemed to hang in 
the balance. During the hearings in Chicago, for 
example, we met on the 24th floor of a government 
building which overshadowed a smaller structure 
in the process of demolition. I stood at the window 
and watched the wrecking ball do its destructive 
work. I thought to myself as the ball crashed into 
the remaining walls on the roof, "That is what the 
pornographers are doing to my country. They are 
hammering down the supporting columns and 
blasting away at the foundations. We must stop the 
devastation before the entire superstructure 
crashes to the earth!" With all the diligent prayers 
and personal involvement of God-fearing people, 
we can save the great edifice called America. But 
there is not a minute to lose. I can only hope that 
millions of our citizens will join me in that crusade. 

But each one is tempted when he 
is carried away and enticed by 
his own lust. Then when lust is 
conceived, it gives birth to sin: 
and when sin is accomplished, 
it brings forth death. 

James 1:14-16 (NAS) 

Reprinted with permission from Focus on the Family, 

August 1986. Copyright 1986. Focus on the Family. 





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Tom Hughes is the new pastor of 
the Heights Grace Brethren Church, 
Albuquerque, NM. 

Phil Guerena has assumed the 
pastorate of the Spanish-speaking 
church of the Grace Fellowship 
Church of Long Beach, CA. 

Raul Silebi is now teaching Spanish 
and Bible at the Christian High 
School in Whittier, CA. He was a 
former pastor of the Spanish- 
speaking church of the Grace 
Fellowship Church of Long Beach, 

Don Garlock has resigned as pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Alta 
Vista, VA. 

Lanham (MD) Grace Brethren 
Church School broke ground for a 
new $650,000 building to house their 
growing student body -- now about 
300. Russ Ogden, pastor; Jesse 
Deloe, interim pastor. 

Garth Lindelef was ordained to the 
Christian ministry at the Communi- 
ty Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, 
CA. Bob Thompson, executive direc- 
tor of the Home Missions Council, 
was the speaker. 

John Gillis has resigned as pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Eagle River, AK. 

Mitch Cariaga has been approved 
for licensure by the Southern 
California-Arizona examining board. 
He and two other graduates of 
Grace College, Winona Lake, IN, are 
starting a new Brethren Church in 
the Colton-San Bernardino area. At- 
tendance has run from the 30s to the 
60s in the first four weeks of Sunday 
services. The name of the new 
church is Orange Grove Communi- 
ty Church. 

David Willett has resigned the 
pastorate at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Temple City, CA. 

Mark Aikins, presently ministering 
at the Penn Valley Grace Brethren 

Church, (PA), is seeking a full-time 
music ministry. His resume and 
recommendations can be obtained 
from Roger Wambold, pastor. 

Don Folden is now the pastor of the 
Bell Brethren Church, Bell, CA. 

Dan Viveros has resigned the 
pastorate of the New Life Grace 
Brethren Church, Covina, CA. He is 
pursuing a part-time chaplaincy with 
the California National Guard, along 
with other ministeries. 

Tom Hocking has been approved 
for ordination by the Southern 
California-Arizona examining board. 
He is serving on the staff of the 
Bellflower Brethren Church, 
Bellflower, CA. 

The Westminster Grace Brethren 
Church dedicated a new sanctuary 
on November 16, 1986. Bob Thomp- 
son, executive director of the Home 
Missions Council, and Doug Bray 
were the special speakers. Robert 
Kliewer, pastor. 

Dr. Paul R. Bauman presented 
Levolor Venetian blinds for the 
auditorium of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Longview, TX, as a "gift 
in honor of Aldine (his wife)." 
Aldine's condition remains very 
much the same as she is suffering 
from a rare form of Parkinson's 
disease. She is unable to move 
more than a finger or two and is in 
a lot of discomfort, but her mind re- 
mains alert. (Longview, TX, bulletin) 

Pastor John and Marjorie Mayes 

(pastor and wife of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Longview, TX) 
were totally surprised to find 
themselves at a birthday party in 
honor of them. A monetary gift was 
presented to them on behalf of the 

David Kennedy has recently been 
selected to be a recipient of the 1986 
Outstanding Young Men of America 
award. He is presently serving as 

associate pastor at the Grace 
Brethren Church of Canton, OH. 


BASSETT: Karrina Grandas and 
David Bassett, Sept. 27, 1986, 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA, H. Don Rough, 

BATZ: Ann Frantz and Derek Batz, 

Sept. 13, 1986, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauff- 
man, pastor. 

GIORGIO: Jane Gerhart and Fran- 
co Giorgio, Nov. 1, 1986, Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, PA. 
Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

GUTIERREZ: Renee Matthew and 
Jeffrey Gutierrez, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauff- 
man, pastor. 

HINKEL: Cindy Wagner and Dave 
Hinkel, June 7, 1986, Grace 
Brethren Church, Lansing, Ml. 
Gerald Polman, officiating. 

PEREZ: Christine Carnevali and 
Nelson Perez, Sept. 6, 1986, River- 
side Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. H. Don Rough, 

ROUGH: Nancy Shaulis and 
Timothy Rough, Nov. 22, 1986, 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, PA. H. Don Rough, 

STRAUSE: Robin Kready and 
Sheldon Strause, Nov. 8, 1986, 
Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, 
PA. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

TIGYER: Julie Neil and Dan Tigyer, 

Nov. 8, 1986, Grace Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, PA. William 
Snell, pastor. 


CLARK, EDWARD. A memorial ser- 


HERALD/ January 1981 


vice was held on November 18, 
1986, and was conducted by Pastors 
Ed Cashman and Ralph Colburn. 
He had served as pastor at Pond 
Bank, PA; Sharpsville, IN; North 
English, IA; Temple City, CA; and 
worked with Emmit Adams in the 
Los Angeles Rescue Mission and 
assisted Ralph Colburn (Communi- 
ty Grace in Long Beach), and Nick 
Kurtaneck at the Norwalk, CA, 
church. He was a member of the 
Bellflower church at the time of his 
death. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

CRAGHEAD, BOYCE. 84, Altamont, 
VA. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Covington, VA. 
Dan Gillette, pastor. 


(Winona Lake, IN) 

Now is the time to make your 
reservation for the 7987 Grace Bible 
Conference in Winona Lake. The 
conference will be held March 17-20, 

Joining the Grace Theological 
Seminary faculty in presenting the 
Conference this year are four 
outstanding guest speakers. 

Dr. Gary E. Cohen, is a professor 
of biblical studies at Miami Christian 
College. His topic will be "The Four 
Comings of Christ." 

Dr. Garry Friesen will lecture 
about "The Filling of the Spirit in the 
Old and New Testaments." Dr. 
Friesen is a professor at Multnomah 
School of the Bible in Portland, 

Pastor Don Shoemaker, from 
Grace Community College in Seal 
Beach, California, will discuss 
"Christian Social Ethics." 

Mrs. Miriam Uphouse, former 
Grace College dean of women, will 
speak about women's issues. 

Conference workshops will deal 
with theological, practical minis- 
teries, and ethical concerns, as well 
as the use of computers in church 

According to David L. Plaster, 
assistant to the Grace Theological 

Seminary dean for student affairs, 
the annual Grace Bible Conference 
is an opportunity for spiritual refresh- 
ment for seminary students, alumni, 
pastors, and other Christians. Ap- 
proximately 200 pastors, alumni, 
and other guests travel to the Bible 
Conference each year, he said. 

"Our objective is to utilize 
speakers and workshops to pursue 
themes of special concern or in- 
terest to the student body," he ex- 
plained. "It's a good break for 
students in the latter part of the se- 
cond semester, as well as for the 
pastors, alumni, and other guests 
who attend." 

For a brochure describing the 
1987 conference, call Leslie Murrill 
in the Grace alumni office at 
1-800-54-GRACE (outside Indiana) 
or 1-800-845-2930 (in Indiana) or 
write to her at Grace Theological 
Seminary, Alumni Office, 200 
Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, In- 
diana, 46590. 

(Winona Lake, IN) 

Solid bronze medallions com- 
memorating the 50th anniversary 
year for Grace College and 
Theological Seminary are available 
for $25. A finished wood stand costs 
$2.50. The medallions are numbered 
in a limited edition of 999. They are 
2 1 /2 inches in diameter and polish- 
ed to a mirror finish. To reserve 
yours, call (219) 372-5288 or write to 
Grace Schools Development 
Department, 200 Seminary Drive, 
Winona Lake, Indiana, 46590. 



(Winona Lake, IN) 

Dr. Vance Yoder, academic dean 
at Grace College for the past 13 
years has submitted his resignation. 
The resignation will take place at the 
end of the current academic year, 
June 1, 1987. 

Dr. Yoder has been with Grace 
College for 16 years, first as a pro- 
fessor for 3 years and then as 
academic dean. He has made 
outstanding contributions to Grace 
particularly in the role of gaining 
regional accreditation. 

He has been pursuing potential 
positions and ministries and will 
move into one of these areas at the 
end of the academic year. 

(Winona Lake, IN) 

Grace Theological Seminary now 
offers master of divinity students the 
choice of pastoral intership or field 
education seminars in place of the 
thesis requirement. 

According to David R. Plaster, 
assistant professor of pastoral 
ministries, the options have been 
designed to provide students with 
the opportunity for more extensive 
practical ministry experience as part 
of their seminary curriculum. 

"The expectations of congrega- 
tions and complications of an in- 
creasingly complex society have 
placed increased demands on 
pastors in areas of practical 
ministry," Plaster explained. "We 
have expanded our pastoral 
ministries curriculum in order to 
meet these challenges." 

The pastoral internship program, 
which was already an elective in the 
seminary curriculum, enables the 
student to earn seminary credit by 
working full or part time under the 
supervision of a successful pastor of 
a local church. 

The supervising pastor submits 
periodic evaluations of the student's 
work and participates in determining 
grade. From two to six credit hours 
may be earned as a pastoral intern. 

The field education seminar, 
Plaster said, is another thesis op- 
tion. Field education seminars focus 
on specific areas of practical 
ministry, such as evangelism, youth, 
discipleship, and urban and prison 

In addition to actually participating 
in a specific ministry, the seminary 
student enrolled in a field education 
seminar receives classroom instruc- 
tion relating to the relevant area of 
ministry. He or she also is required 
to complete writing and collateral 
reading assignments. 

This program, he added, is a sup- 
plement to the seminary's ongoing 
Christian service requirement of all 
students. One hour of credit may be 
earned for each semester of field 
education seminar, with two 
semesters of field seminar 
substituting for the two-hour thesis 
requirement if the student elects. 

ERALD/ January 1987 



(Winona Lake, IN) 

"Perspective," the syndicated 
radio program sponsored by Grace 
Schools is on the verge of expan- 
ding. Producer Dave Byland reports 
that negotiations are in the final 
stages to add four stations in central 
and western Ohio to the four 
presently in the syndicate. "Perspec- 
tive" features studies in the Psalms 
by Grace President Dr. John Davis. 


(Winona Lake, IN) 

The Alumni Golf Scramble drew 
34 participants October 11 during 
Grace College's Homecoming 
Weekend. On the winning team 
were Leon Brenneman, Steve 
Coverstone, Al Lint, and David 
Wood. John J. Davis, father of Grace 
President Dr. John J. Davis won the 
closest-to-pin competition. Prizes 
were supplied by the Herald 



(Winona Lake, IN) 

Dr. Lawrence J. Crabb Jr. and 
Prof. Dan B. Allender, both of Grace 
Theological Seminary's Division of 
Biblical Counseling, will conduct a 
special seminar in pastoral counsel- 
ing February 20 and 21 at the Holi- 
day Inn, 2519 East Center Street, 
Warsaw, Indiana. The two-day 
seminar will deal primarily with 
counseling theory and practice in 
the local church. 

The fee is $20 per person, or $30 
per couple. The seminar schedule is 
1-9 p.m. Friday, February 20, and 
9 a.m. — 4 p.m. Saturday, February 
21, including time for meals. 

For additional information about 
the seminar, call Mrs. Wanda Laird, 
(219) 372-5108. Reservations must 
be made by February 11 by writing 
GTS Counseling Seminar, 200 
Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, In- 
diana, 46590. 

Dr. Crabb is Professor of Biblical 
Counseling at Grace Theological 
Seminary. The seminary's Division 
of Biblical Counseling, which Dr. 
Crabb heads, is known international- 
ly for equipping Christian men and 

women for leadership roles in 
church-related counseling min- 

Prof. Allender, who is Assistant 
Professor of Biblical Counseling at 
Grace Theological Seminary, has 
been associated with Dr. Crabb's In- 
stitute of Biblical Counseling since 
1978. He has been a Grace faculty 
member since 1981. 



(Long Beach, California) 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
North Long Beach, California is 
undergoing a name change. The 
change of name does not mean they 
are leaving the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. In the motion of 
change they reconfirmed the 
association with the fellowhip. 

This is the third name change for 
the church. They started as the Se- 
cond Brethren church about 60 
years ago and in 1954 went to the 
name of North Long Beach Brethren 

The move to change the name 
was determined by the following 
reasons: North Long Beach limited 
the vision of a much larger area of 
ministry, Brethren is a name used 
by approximately 20 different 
denominations. The new name 
would be Grace Fellowship, this 
would keep the connection with the 
denomination without sounding 
denominational and would fit in with 
the other ministries such as the 
broadcast. The name change will 
take place over a period of time in 
a gradual process to adapt the com- 
munity to the change. 




Leonburg, West Germany — Three 
men in Leonburg, West Germany, are 
pursuing steps to become ordained 
elders in the Grace Brethren Church. 
Wolfgang Klotz and Frank Puhl have 
already participated in oral preliminary 
examinations. Dieter Borschman will 
be examined for ordination probably 

later this year, after which will follow 
a probation period similar to licensure 
in the United States. Dave and Kathy 
Manduka and Dan and Denise 
Ramsey are ministering in Leonburg. 
Manila, Philippines — This 7,100+ 
island nation is located just east of 
Vietnam and south of Taiwan. Due to 
Spain's colonial rule for nearly 400 
years (until 1900), it is the only Asian 
country where Roman Catholicism is 
the dominant religion. Ted and Vivian 
Ruiz have completed language study 
and will be settling in a new com- 
munity in metro-Manila. They are con- 
centrating on becoming involved in 
the community, developing friend- 
ships, and sharing the gospel as God 
gives opportunities. 
Boguila, Central African Republic 
— Three nurses who comprise the 
first class of the dental training pro- 
gram under Dr. Dave Daugherty will 
graduate in April, 1987. Daniel, Marc, 
and Etienne are involved with daily 
patients, class work and lab exercises, 
Bible correspondence courses, and 
an Evangelism Explosion training pro- 
gram. An official dedication of the 
dental center at Boguila was held in 
December 1986. 

Uruguay — A new family of believers 
in Uruguay is asking for a Grace 
Brethren Church in their country. Mis- 
sionaries Earl Futch, Lynn Hoyt, and 
Stan Nairn made an investigative trip 
in August to pursue this need. Pray 
about this possible new mission field 
and for workers to fill the need. 
Brazil — The north Brazil field 
finished a very successful youth 
camp this past July. A number of first- 
time decisions were made at camp 
and more followed afterward as a 
direct result. The Brazilian Youth 
Committee is already beginning to 
plan for a February mini-retreat. 
Central African Republic — The 
Evangelism Explosion program is go- 
ing well in the C.A.R. Jim Hocking is 
teaching at Yaloke, Bob Belohlavek is 
training men at the Bible Institute, and 
Bob Skeen is training many medical 
personnel, and Dr. Jim Hines is teach- 
ing his head nurse. During the train- 
ing, the students and teachers go out 
into the villages and put into practice 
what they've learned. More people 
are being reached for Christ this way. 


HERALD/ January 198^ 


The Only Thing that Lasts 

by Ron Guiles 

"There's just one life, will soon be passed, only 
what's done for Christ will last." That cliche had 
a profound effect on my thinking one day when I 
began to wonder what I was really accomplishing 
with my life. My wife, Irene, and I had been mar- 
ried for several years, we had two beautiful children, 
I had a secure job, and we had just recently pur- 
chased a home. Both of us were active in our local 
church, serving God in key positions. Yet week after 
week as we sat in church and heard messages on 
commitment and service to the Lord, we both kept 
coming back to the same discomforting questions. 
What were we doing that would mean anything a 
hundred years from now? Why were we striving to 
make a good life for ourselves by accumulating 
things that would burn up one day? 

I came across Paul's version of the old familiar 
maxim about there being just one life that is pass- 
ing away, and only what we do for Christ being of 
any importance. It is found in II Corinthians 5:10, 
"For we must all appear before the judgement seat 
of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for 
his deeds in the body, according to what he has 
done, whether good or bad" (NASB). 

I began to realize more and more that that trite 
phrase was a foundation for living. Irene and I talked 
about it and we committed ourselves to the Lord to 
live in the light of the judgment seat of Christ. As 
a result of that commitment, God opened the door 
for us to move to Winona Lake, Indiana, so I could 
finish college and go on to seminary. 

After graduation from Grace Theological Semi- 
nary, we moved to Elkhart, Indiana, where I served 
as Assistant Pastor of the Grace Brethren Church. 
God gave us a great opportunity to minister, but we 
were still wondering what all this had to do with 
eternity. Another verse we both knew well was 
brought to our minds, "Go. therefore, and make 
disciples of all nations." It occurred to us that this 
is what God is interested in for His people: to im- 
pact others for Jesus Christ, beginning with bring- 
ing them to salvation in Christ. 

It was about that time we heard of a church in 
Allentown, Pennsylvania, that was struggling to get 
a new start. It was a Home Missions work, which 
meant if we went to minister there, we would have 
to leave the security of a well-established congrega- 
tion. It also meant we would have to sell our new 
home and move, after being settled for only a year. 
Since we would take a cut in salary, we would be 

living in rented quarters. Up to this point, we had 
always owned our home. But God gave clear direc- 
tion and we went. 

The church in Allentown relocated to nearby 
Bethlehem and the Lord blessed greatly. We spent 
12 years with this great group of people, seeing a 
number of them come to Christ, and we were able 
to disciple them. But during the last year, the same 
questions began to flood our minds. Were we spend- 
ing our few short years here on earth to bring the 
most glory to God and the best dividends for eter- 
nity? We had a nice situation, the church was good 
to us, and we had a reasonable salary. We were very 
comfortable, in fact, almost too comfortable. 

One day I came across the verse that precedes 
Paul's statement about the judgment seat of Christ. 
"Therefore, also we have as our ambition whether 
at home or absent, to be pleasing to him" II Corin- 
thians 5:9 (NASB). 

That seemed to be the key to everything. To be 
pleasing to Christ is the point in life. It is not a ques- 
tion of how well off we are financially or how secure 
we are in our jobs or our ministries. It is a question 
of "Are we pleasing Christ?" 

God's timing was perfect. It was while I was strug- 
gling with these concepts that He brought about a 
set of circumstances that made me realize I was too 
comfortable. I was not in the real battle. The issues 
I was dealing with would not be important a year 
from now, let alone throughout eternity. 

It was then God made available the opportunity 
to begin a new Grace Brethren work in the 
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. Building a new Home 
Mission ministry would be a challenge. There is an 
element of uncertainty, but it forces one to rely on 
God and work for those things that will last forever. 

There's just one life, will soon be passed, but we 
must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. 

Ron Guiles and his wife. 
Irene, are working with a 
brand new church in the 
Dallas/Fort Worth. Texas 
area - the First Grace 
Brethren Church. A 
graduate of Grace College 
and Grace Theological 
Seminary, he pastored the 
Grace Brethren Church. Bethlehem. Penn- 
sylvania prior to moving to Texas. The 
couple has two grown children. 

ERALD/ January 1987 



The Buck 
Stops Here 

by Ward Miller 

Former President, Harry Truman, made famous 
the saying, "The buck stops here." He was speak- 
ing of the "buck" of responsibility. The dictionary 
and the man on the street use the term "buck" far 
more often as the "dollar." Even though the shirk- 
ing of responsibility is a serious problem, the 
economic buck, representing riches and posses- 
sions is a far greater hazard to spiritual health. We 
know full well that it is "more blessed to give than 
to receive." Still, we grasp earnestly after riches 
either to spend or to hoard. 

A.W. Tozer calls this affliction the "possession 
malady." It is no respecter of persons. Christian, 
as well as non-Christian, is occupied with this self- 
assigned activity. Furthermore, there is little doubt 
that this clinging to things is one of life's most 
harmful habits. But, it is subtle. In fact, were it not 
for its numerous tragic outworkings, it would rare- 
ly be recognized as the peril it is. Perilous though 
it may be, it is every whit natural. 

Natural Desire For Possessions 

Within the human heart "things" take over very 
early in life. Almost before our children could say 
Daddy and Mommy, they said "my" and "mine" 
with outstanding articulation. Arduously we coaxed 
them to pronounce the parental labels, but without 
any coaching they could spit out those personal pro- 
nouns! Even the ensuing years do not seem to 
diminish this craving which usurps the human 
heart. For this reason, the cautions of Scripture in 
this area must not be taken lightly as though they 
are truisms without practical application to life. 

Rationalizing the Accumulation 
of Possessions 

Since we know many of the world's famous and 
wealthy people are unhappy, somehow it will be 
different with us. After all, we are not seeking for 
massive wealth, just a little more money and 
prestige. But are we so different? How much of our 
pool of happiness would evaporate if that promo- 
tion at work was denied, or that new car could not 
be purchased, or that new home we always wanted 
and thought we could never afford slipped through 
our fingers just when we thought we could make 
it? This is not to say that God wants us to live 
threadbare lives like neglected children. In our day, 
some material possessions are essential such as 



housing, clothing, transportation, and food. 
These are hardly luxuries. However, Scripture 
waves several warning flags alerting us to the 
hazards of materialism. 

The Erosion of Character 

The increase of power and money increase the 
possibility of dishonesty. Solomon points up in 
Ecclesiastes 5:8 how easily the materialist can lose 
integrity. The government leaders of his day were 
typical examples of how this can happen. Easy 
money eroded character. Indeed, he declared that 
dishonesty was so common with those serving the 
public that one should not be surprised by the 
graft and fraud of political leaders. "If you see op- 
pression of the poor and denial of justice and 
righteousness in the province, do not be shocked 
at the sight, for one official watches over another 
official and there are higher officials over them." 

On New Year's Day in 1967, Colonel Jean Bekel 
Bokassa seized power in the little country of Cen- 
tral African Republic. He claimed his act was 
designed to keep the Communists from power. His 
country was not only small, but also landlocked 
and extremely poor. Annual per capita income in 
this country, well known to Grace Brethren peo- 
ple as a major foreign mission field, was only $110 
and about 92 percent of the population was 

Bokassa named himself President for life. He 
awarded himself so many medals of honor he 
needed a specially designed coat. As he amassed 
a huge personal fortune, the country slid toward 
bankruptcy. But his greed and lust went even 
higher. At a cost of $30,000,000, he crowned 
himself Emperor Bokassa I. The entire coronation 
included a six foot diamond scepter, a 24-foot red 
velvet robe, and a two-ton gold plated throne. All 
of this was paid for by 2.2 million impoverished 

Solomon states in Proverbs 11:26, "He who 
withholds grain, the people will curse him" 
(NASB) and verse 28, "He who trusts in his riches 
willfall" (NASB). And where is Bokassa now? The 
people rose up against him and he is gone. 

When my wife, Lucille, and I traveled to Central 
African Republic in 1980, we saw one of Bokassa' s 
former residences completely destroyed. The 
wrath of the people had turned against the tyrant 
and they wanted nothing left to remind them of 
him. There is a sense in which this man is a classic 
illustration of modern man who could not handle 
money and power. 

Enslavement To Things 

Like so many temporal things, the person who 
pursues wealth and prestige with gusto becomes 
a slave to that which, at first, appeared so 
liberating. "He that loveth money shall not be 

satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance 
with its income. This too is vanity. When good 
things increase, those who consume them in- 
crease. So what is the advantage to their owners 
except to look on? The sleep of the working man 
is pleasant, whether he eats little or much. But the 
full stomach of the rich man does not allow him 
to sleep" (Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 NASB). 

A raise in wages usually results in adopting a 
lifestyle which eats up any increased income. How 
easily the love of money enslaves us. In California, 
we see this love spawn gambling in the state lottery, 
attracting so many people that the participation far 
exceeds the wildest projections. 

Encouragement of False Trust 

Material possessions give to the possessor all the 
trademarks of security. What we feel with our hands 
and see with our eyes seems so permanent and 
reliable. So, why not hoard riches? That's just be- 
ing prudent. And, why not scratch feverishly for 
more? Won't that increase security? No. In this life, 
they can vanish overnight and the amount of riches 
seems to matter very little. 

Billion dollar giants like Continental Bank of 
Chicago and Bank of America prove that size is not 
anchor to the windward. To trust in riches, which 
is more powerful than we realize, is to trust in false 

Jesus wanted to make it clear to the disciples just 
how strong this trust in riches can become. He told 
them, "How hard it will be for those who are 
wealthy to enter the Kingdom of God." Is this 
because wealth is evil? Surely not. After all, Moses 
told the people in Deuteronomy 9 that it is "God 
who gives power to get wealth" and God would not 
give power to promote evil. 

Since love for possessions develops early in life, 
how can we get into the hearts of our little ones the 
Biblical view of wealth? Obviously, they do not need 
just a little more advice. Demanding Scripture 
memorization is valuable, but can be nothing more 
than rote recitation of words. Here are three sugges- 
tions that may help steer our children through the 
maze of media and peer pressure which is always 
tempting them to push God out of their lives and 
replace Him with things. 

Show Biblical Values 

First, display Biblical convictions relating to 
wealth. If asked what they would value most in a 
parent, many young people today would say, "The 
freedom to let me make my own decisions." In- 
dependence is a hallmark of adolescence. The wise 
parent will let children make as many independent 
decisions as early as possible. The "leaving and 
cleaving" principle must begin long before the 
"I do." 

But, if those decisions are not made from a strong 
base of Biblical principles, they will become 



painful and scarring mistakes. This is where the 
Scriptural admonition comes in. From their 
earliest days, children are to receive massive doses 
of loving instruction and discipline (training). Do 
they hear prayers for wisdom about the purchase 
of an auto, a home, a faith promise for missions 
or building programs? Do they see time and 
money shared with sick or elderly neighbors and 
fellow workers? Are they aware of your strong con- 
victions to give regularly the tithes and offerings 
"as God has prospered?" Do they observe joy when 
God has provided more so you can give more? Do 
you encourage the happiness they exhibit when 
you give them a weekly offering envelope of their 
own? They'll love it! And they will even notice 
when you don't forget to make up for absent 

Curtis Goldman, a New Mexico pastor, had six 
children and said of them, "I instructed and 
disciplined my children in the areas of absolute 
right and absolute wrong. But I told them they 
may make their own decisions about the areas in 
between. I asked for only one thing - complete 
honesty." The Bible has much to say about the ab- 
solutes of stewardship. Parents displaying a joyful 
attitude toward the Biblical teaching about money 
will have a significant influence on their children's 
decisions regarding money. 

Display A Proper Attitude 

Second, demonstrate the reality of the presence 
of the Lord in your life. Does the proper attitude 
toward material things reveal spirituality? Very 
much so. A. W. Tozer describes how before God 
created man. He created all the things he would 
need. These were to meet man's needs externally. 
The Lord Himself was to meet man's internal need 
by residing in his heart. But sin changed things. 
Man allowed possessions to take over his heart and 
God was forced outside. This must not be allowed 
in the believer's life. And how can this be 
prevented? Our children will pick up very quickly 
whether God is alive and well in our lives. His 
presence must be so real that our faith in Him 
turns into an adventure of walking with God every 
hour of life. Then it will be abundantly clear that 
the best way to be rich is not to have everything 
but, like Paul, be content with what you have. 
William James once wrote, "Religion is either a 
dull habit or an acute fever." 

Sam Shoemaker tells of a man who made much 
money, lived on a materialistic place, doing the 
conventional things that conventional people do. 
But, for some while he knew all this was not 

One day when he was praying to God, he was 
telling God that he had enjoyed faith all of his life. 
Back came the message "Faith in yourself, but not 
in me." It dropped the man in his tracks and 

dissolved him in repentance and tears. For the first 
time, he surrendered himself to God. Since then, 
he has been adventuring for Christ. He has found 
it not only possible, but wonderful to share his 
faith with old associates. His imagination and ef- 
forts are now devoted to helping others get off that 
materialistic plane and find what he has found. 
Such spiritual exuberance in the believer ap- 
propriately reveals to all that the buck in his life 
is under control and stops in the right place. 

Ward Miller pastors the 
Grace Brethren Church. 
San Bernardino. California. 
A graduate of Boh Jones 
University and Grace 
Theological Seminary, he 
has been a Grace Brethren 
pastor for more than 40 
years. He has guided con- 
gregations at Ocseola. Indiana; Whittier. 
California: and Modesto. California prior to 
assuming his current position in 1983. He 
and his wife. Lucille, have three grown 

God is our refuge and strength, 

an ever-present help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though 
the earth give way 
and the mountains fall into the 
heart of the sea, 
though its waters roar and foam 
and the mountains quake with 
their surging. 
There is a river whose streams make 
glad the city of God. 
the holy place where the Most 
High dwells. 
God is within her, she will not fall; 
God will help her at break of day. 
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall: 

he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord Almighty is with us; 

the God of Jacob is our fortress. 
Come and see the works of the Lord, 
and desolations he has brought 
on the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the ends of 
the earth: 

he breaks the bow and shatters 
the spear. 

he burns the shields with fire. 
"Be still, and know that I am God; 
I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth." 
The Lord Almighty is with us: 
the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

Psalm 46 (NIV) 


HERALD/ January 198! h 


A Still 
Small Voice 

by Sherry Page 

"It's almost time ... I do wish 
she'd hurry . . . class should have 
been over five minutes ago," she 
sighs as she gazes out the win- 
dow. "See, others are already out 
of their classes. 

"Well, finally! Now we have on- 
ly ten minutes for break." 

Walking down the hallway, she 
thinks, "Look at everyone else. 
She got four. He got a package 
with candy (and it's even 
chocolate, my favorite) and a let- 
ter. That's not fair. Why can't I 
get something like that, Lord? 
I've gotten some notes, but 
nothing like what they just got. 

"Right there it is. I'm afraid to 
look . . . Will there be something? 

"It's only a bill! 

"Lord, why don't others write? 
Don't they know I'm lonely and 
miss hearing from them? They 
have each other, their families and 
their church. Who and what do I 

She hears a still, small voice, 

"You didn't tell me it would be 
this hard! I know what I'll do, I'll 


". . . go call my family. Ah, that's 
right, they won't be home now. 
Well, I'll call in the morning. I'll 
bawl them out. I'll . . . ." 


"Yes, Lord." 

"Haven't you forgotten some- 

"Who, Lord?" 

"What about me?" 

"Yes, Lord, You're right. I have." 

"Child, I didn't tell you how 
hard it would be because you pro- 
bably wouldn't have come. But 
remember, I told you I'd be here 
with you." 

"Yes, you did." 

"Now you can understand a lit- 
tle bit of what I went through on 
FROM MY FATHER. We'd never 
been apart before." 

"Yes, Lord. Thanks for remind- 
ing me. I did come here to serve 
You and I knew it wouldn't be 
easy. Help me to do Your Will, not 
mine - just as You did Your 
Father's will when You suffered 
and died for me. That's what I 


"Yes, Child." 

"I'm not so lonely anymore." 

Sherry and Mike Page, and their 
daughter Abbie, are missionaries to 
France. They are currently involved in 
language study in Albertville, France. 

Grace Seminary 


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E.I.D. for 
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by Ron E. Thompson 

Last October, five Grace Brethren pastors flew to 
Mexico to observe a miracle in progress. The Board 
of Evangelism had received reports of revival bless- 
ings in several Latin American nations, fanned by 
the ministry of Evangelism-In-Depth (E.I.D.). As 
early as the 1950's missionaries in many of these 
Third World countries were convinced that, given 
the tremendous population explosion, they were 
losing ground in fulfilling the Great Commission. 
More foreign missionaries did not seem to be the 
solution. Mass evangelism using professionals, had 
only been partly successful. However, Com- 
munism, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Pentecostalism 
were enjoying unprecedented growth. What was 
the secret of success among such widely divergent 
groups? It was concluded that the successful ex- 
pansion of any movement is in direct proportion 
to its success in mobilizing and occupying its total 
membership in constant propagation of its beliefs. 
Thus was born Evangelism-In-Depth, a ministry 
of Latin American Mission of Mexico. 

Oddly enough, this thesis is not new, but as old 
as apostolic Christianity itself. Pastor Sam 
Norgera, a boyish-looking, independent Pente- 
costal pastor from Teacapulco, Mexico, was asked 
to explain how his church, having seen little 
growth in 30 years while his father was pastor, now 
had exploded under his leadership into a 68% 
growth rate in just two years, having organized 25 
branch churches. Rather than term it "revival", 
Sam prefers to think of it in terms of a return to 
the early church type of evangelism as seen in Acts 
5:42. It was E.I.D. which had shared these and 
other concepts with him in a recent seminar. Sam 
indicated that there is an element of risk in any 
worthwhile endeavor for the Lord, evangelism in- 
cluded. Persecution and tragedy, so common in 
the Acts, has likewise been the atmosphere in 
which E.I.D. has flourished, be it revival in 
earthquake-torn Guatemala, or an E.I.D. crusade 
organized the same day the bloody political revolu- 
tion in the Dominican Republic occurred. The 
blood of the martyrs is still the seed of the Church. 

The key figure in E.I.D. success in Latin America 
has been Juan Isais (E-Seiss), a warm and per- 
sonable Mexican missionary with Latin American 
Missions. Juan recently returned from Amsterdam 
where he had taught in a conference for itinerant 

SRALD/ January 1987 

evangelists, sponsored by Billy Graham, and at- 
tended by 10,000 delegates. The story of E.I.D. in 
Nicaragua is told by Juan's wife, Elizabeth, in the 
book Evangelism-In-Depth, published by Moody 
Press, and the exciting account of E.I.D. in the 
Dominican Republic has been compiled by Juan 
in The Other Revolution, published by Word. 

Besides the concept of a total mobilization of the 
laity, the underlying principle of E.I.D. is that all 
believers have the God-given ability to share their 
faith from the moment of conversion. However, 
wrong teaching and failure in the task has created 
guilt and fear in Christians, hence they don't 

evangelize. E.I.D. seeks to liberate believers by re- 
programming them back to the excitement and 
romance of sharing their faith without worry. This 
is accomplished by means of a 20-hour seminar 
involving extensive use of music, particularly 
choruses, prayer, and training in Biblical prin- 
ciples. There is no methodology taught since each 
Christian has and uses his own method. Juan 
believes that nowhere in Scripture are we shown 
how to witness, even though God has command- 
ed us to do it, hence, God is responsible for our ef- 
fective communication of the Gospel. E.I.D. 
believes in extensive follow-up, and takes into ac- 
count the differences that may exist in various 
cultures, even within the same country. 

Would E.I.D. work in America? Juan Isais 
believes it would, and five Grace Brethren pastors 
agree with him. Seminars have already been held 
in some of our Grace Brethren Spanish ministries 
in Southern California, with excellent results. The 
first Seminar in English in America will be held 
February 3-8, 1987, at the Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Long Beach, California. Future 
seminars have been scheduled for Roanoke. 
Virginia and Pompano Beach, Florida, in 
December of 1987. It is the prayer of the Board of 
Evangelism that E.I.D. will become a tool that God 
will use to bring our fellowship back to its first love. 

Ron E. Thompson is the President of the Board of 
Evangelism, serving the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 



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Flowers In My Attic 

by Charles Turner 

Surprises can be fun or they 
can be frightening. I much prefer 
the pleasant kind, the ones that 
come when they are needed 
most and come from unexpected 
sources. They can make the day! 

Most people have limited suc- 
cess in planning a surprise. 
There is the last minute undoing 
of a surprise party by a well- 
meaning, but informative friend. 
Someone or something tends to 
undo it all and the surprise is 

The Christmas Season was 
over and New Years Day was 
fading into a blurring memory of 
hundreds of football players and 
more parades than I care to at- 
tend. The College National 
Championship was decided and 
there was not too much to do - 
except to put away the Christmas 

First, the tree, which was 
brittle and the needles were 
sharp. By the time the decora- 
tions were removed, most of the 
needles had dropped off. With all 
of the lights and trim back in 
their boxes, it was time for 

This is not always the 
highlight of my year's activities. 
The attic and storage area is 
never right in relationship to the 
climate. In the summer, it is 
about 110 degrees and in the 
winter the other extreme 
prevails. There is the ladder and 
the matter of light. In the distant 
past, the string to the light 
switch has been broken and 
never repaired. So each time I 
enter the attic, the light bulb 
must be twisted into a state of 

So with this mental negative 
attitude, the process of storage 
was about to begin. June had 
gotten all of the decorations 

down and I had not visited this 
upper extremity of our home for 
some time. After I got into the 
attic and found the light and 
darkness fled the light, I found 
my surprise. 

There was an old plastic oar to 
a now departed boat. Why the 
plastic oar was saved. I do not 
know. There was my year book 
from college - The Vintage. The 
year I do not care to divulge, 
because it was one of the years 
they quit using papyri and went 
to paper. The date on the book 
startled me. The attic had other 
surprises as well, with 
an unused artificial Christmas 
tree and out-of-season wall 

But the surprise, when the 
light came on, was the flowers in 
my attic. Their contrast to the 
cold was dramatic. The red and 
white carnations there were a 
sharp contrast to winter. The 
yellow daffodils in this strange 
setting suddenly cheered my 
spirits. I was amazed to find 
flowers in my attic on a cold dark 
January day. Though they were 
plastic, they were pretty. They 
were putting out their beauty 
despite the fact there was no one 
to notice. The cold temperature 
was not upsetting their spirit. 
How refreshing! They indeed had 
made my day. A rather routine 
task had been brightened by an 
unsuspecting surprise 

Christians should be flowers in 
the attic! They should be the 
sweet perfume in a decaying 
world. They should be the salt to 
preserve the good and the light 
to guide stumbling feet. We often 
live our lives as Christians with 
the grim determination of a 
sheer survivor and forget that we 
are happy pilgrims on the 
journey towards home. 

God wants you to be a pleasant 
surprise to someone today. You 
can be someone who is moving 
through the darkness of this 
world's doubt. In you others 
might find some form of spiritual 
refreshment. It may be with a 
smile or a kind word. It might 
happen when we are willing to 
take a step out of the way to do 
another good. It could be a prayer 
lifted in behalf of another traveler 
who has some extra burdens. 

Be a flower in this passage of 
time. Someone today may just 
need the beauty and glow that 
can come from a life lived for 

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by Larry N. Chamberlain 

My son and daughter, ages 12 and 16, respec- 
tively, maintain a very accurate account of their 
money. Aside from the fact they keep losing it or 
misplacing it (normally discovered in the jeans 
pocket following a rinse cycle), they have an un- 
canny ability to measure their financial assets. 
They also have an uncanny memory for outstand- 
ing accounts receivable . . . i.e., how much Mom 
and Dad owe them. Of course, the blood-signed 
I.O.U.'s help them keep track. 

I've been reflecting of late on how one's value 
systems change over time, particularly as they 
relate to money and possessions. I read a cute story 
about a minister who was talking to a Sunday 
School Class about things money can't buy. "It 
can't buy laughter," he told them. "That comes 
from the soul. And it can't buy love." Then, driv- 
ing his point home, he said, "What would you do 
if I offered you a thousand dollars not to love your 
mother and father?" A moment of silence ensued 
while the boys and girls mulled this over and then 
a small voice piped up, "How much would you of- 
fer me not to love my big sister?" I can visualize 
my son, Travis, making that remark. 

During my senior year of high school, I was mak- 
ing plans to attend a college of engineering. An ac- 
quaintance had recently graduated as an engineer, 
and immediately found a high-paying position, 
with the accompanying spending patterns. My 
goal was to have what he had, and more. 

Then, I went to a church meeting (somehow the 
place of many life-changing decisions) and heard 
a preacher talk about the treasures of earth and 
the treasures of heaven. He was preaching from 
Matthew 6:19-21: "Do not lay up for yourselves 
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust 
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where 
thieves do not break in or steal; for where your 
treasure is, there will your heart be also" (NASB). 

God spoke to my heart that evening and my 
value system did a one-eighty. I discovered that 

true treasure, in God's eyes, is not measured in 
dollars and cents . . . it's measured in our service 
for Him. It's not the present remuneration that 
counts, it's all future. My value system changed 
from immediate gratification to future expectation, 
and it changed all my priorities for life. 

Twenty-three years have passed since that even- 
ing, but I remember it as clearly as yesterday. A 
pattern was laid which led to major decisions for 
my education and choice of career. 

Perhaps a change in one's perspective, a change 
in one's value system, is what Paul had in mind 
when he wrote the following: "Do not be con- 
formed to this world, but be transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what 
the will of God is, that which is good and accep- 
table and perfect." Prior to one's finding the will 
of God, one must experience a change in his or her 
value system. Without that transformation, that 
renewing of one's mind from the world's perspec- 
tive, finding His perfect will is elusive, at best. 
Wordsworth once wrote, "Wither is fled the vision- 
ary gleam. Where is it now, the glory and the 
dream?" Such will be the cry from those who 
desire to be in God's will, yet remain caught in the 
world's unsatisfying system of values. 

"Money may be the husk of many things, but not 
the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite: 
medicine but not health; acquaintance, but not 
friends: servants, but not faithfulness: days of joy, 
but not peace or happiness." - Henrick Ibsen. D 

Larry Chamberlain is the 
resident wit in the offices of 
Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions. Winona Lake. In- 
diana when he is not serv- 
ing as Assistant Executive 
Director. A graduate of Bob 
Jones University and In- 
diana University. Larry left 
a career in banking to join the staff of Home 
Missions in 1977. He and his wife. Sherlene, 
have two children. 

ERALD/ February 1987 


The Life of A Dorm Parent 
- Is It Worth the Hassle? 

You think life is a hassle with your three or four 
children? How would you handle the care of twen- 
ty boys - or perhaps twenty-eight girls - from 
kindergarten to eighteen or twenty years old? 

The children in your home all speak English, 
don't they? And you acquired them one (or maybe 
two) at a time. So you've known them all their lives. 
You're acquainted with how they think and how 
they feel (most of the time). And they know the 
rules of your household (although sometimes they 
may pretend they don't). 

Not so with a dorm parent at Grace Brethren 
Navajo School. Most kindergartners start school 
knowing little or no English. And even with the 
older students English is a second language, so 
they often carry on conversations with each other 
in Navajo. This is very handy when they'd rather 
not have their dorm parents understand what 
they're saying. (And you only have to contend with 
pig Latin.) 

Most of the 120 students, kindergarten through 
twelfth grades, who attend GBN School ride in 
every morning on the school bus. But all of the 
high school students, and younger students who 
live too far away for bus pickup, live at school. 
Their families deliver them on Sunday evening or 

by Mary Thompson 

Monday morning and pick them up on Friday 

Supervising these forty-eight children and 
young people is the responsibility of the dorm 
parents. Wayne and Terrie Aites care for the two 
girls' dorms and John and Velma Champion 
oversee the two boys' dorms. 

Velma describes their duties as "being mother 
and father to the boys. The only thing we don't do 
for them is cook their meals. We do all their laun- 
dry get them up in the morning, put them to bed 
at night, make sure they do their chores and that 
dorms are clean. We supervise the showers for the 
smaller children, help them with their homework 
and have them in our homes just like we would our 
own children." 

Terrie says, "The responsibility is just what the 
title says - being a parent. Away from home the 
girls have no parents and some of them even have 
no parents at home. So we try to fill this role while 
they're living at school." 

Life for students at GBN School is much different 
in the dorm than at home. Advantages in the dorm 
are electricity, running water, indoor plumbing, and 
more variety in food. But there are disadvantages 
that are hard, especially for the young ones - un- 
familiar food and being away from their families. 


HERALD/ February 198 


At home, Navajo children and youth have a great 
deal of freedom to roam the outdoors and to make 
the most of their own choices. Parental discipline 
is usually lax. In the dorm, life is necessarily more 
regimented. Because of the number of people liv- 
ing together, each student must learn responsibili- 
ty and Christian consideration for others. They 
also must be supervised at all times to comply 
with State regulations. 

"The girls become apart of our lives," says Wayne Aites. 
He and his wife, Terrie, are "Mom and Dad" to 20 Nava- 
jo young ladies. 

"I suppose some people would get the idea that 
we're just baby sitters. It goes far beyond that - it 
really does. These girls actually become a part of 
our lives. Dorm life can be a hard situation for the 
students. You have twenty girls all jammed 
together, and they come from different families. 
You can't make them all fit a pattern. You have to 
deal with each individual life. But I don't look at 
the dorm as a struggle - I think of it as a 

Life for the dorm-dwellers is not all work and 
discipline. If you'd drop in any evening you'd find 
the kids in and out of the Champions' and the 
Aiteses' apartments which are connected to the 
dorms. They're playing games, watching a TV pro- 
gram, enjoying popcorn or some other snack, or 
just chatting. The dorm parents all agree that 
these casual times are great opportunities to get 
acquainted with the students and to win their con- 
fidence. There they may feel free to share their 
needs and their problems. "Sometimes the boys 
begin to ask questions and we build on those 

Of course there are bedtime devotions. The 
younger dorms are tucked in by 8:00 and the older 
students may stay up until 10:00. These quiet 
times give more opportunities for sharing in prayer 

and applying God's Word to young lives. 

Once a week both girls' dorms have a "family" 
night when the little ones are allowed to stay up 
till 9:00 to join their older "sisters" at the gym or 
in playing table games, or perhaps watching a 
special movie on TV. 

Do the Aiteses and Champions ever experience 
stress as they care for their many responsibilities? 
They all confess they do, although not always in 
the same areas. 


They all agree that not enough rest - being tired 
- is a number one stress factor. They are up at 5:30 
a.m. and never get to bed during the week before 
10:30 p.m. 

Terrie adds, "It's a real struggle when you have 
twelve out of fourteen girls in a dorm who are sick, 
or forty-two students out of forty-eight with head 
lice." And with the close contact dorm parents 
have with the kids it's easy for them to pick up the 
latest sickness that's going around. John com- 
ments, however, that the Lord has been good to 
Velma and him and they have never both been 
down at the same time. 


"Theoretically, we have the afternoons as our 
free time, but we try really hard to be parents to 
the kids, particularly to the little ones, and they're 
so close that when something happens to them 
we're usually the ones they want to talk to. We 
don't want to discourage them because this 
closeness is what we're working toward. But it's 
almost like being available twenty-four hours a day. 
We have intercoms between the dorms and our 
bedroom so that we can monitor the dorms all 
through the night." ' ■ 

John mentions the pressure "to keep on when 
you don't feel like going on." After a long day you 
don't feel like getting up at 2:00 a.m. to help some 
outsider who knocks at your door and asks to be 
taken home after he's been drinking, or to find a 
place for him to sleep. 

During the pinon-picking season, children are apt 
to over-indulge in these tasty little nuts. This often 
brings on a case of diarrhea which can require a 
shower and fresh clothes in the middle of the day. 
Who is usually called upon to take care of this 
chore? The dorm parents, of course. The treatment 
also calls for a hug or a pat on the back to bolster 
the child's ego. And dorm parents are good at that. 

Champions' apartment is next door to the office 
and many people drop in for help or for a friendly 
visit. Both Velma and John enjoy having people 
in their home, but they recall one day when they 
had thirty people through their house, besides 
their dorm boys, and most of them sat down to a 

SRALD/ February 1987 


meal or at least enjoyed a cup of coffee. 

In addition to the dorm duties, Wayne works all 
day on the maintenance crew and Terrie teaches 
a high school girls' home economics class and is 
a teacher's aid in first and second grade. Wayne, 
Terrie, and John referee ball games. Both couples 
comment that, "You never know what you will be 
called upon to do on any day." 


An exposed life is a necessity in most Christian 
ministries. It's an opportunity to demonstrate 
what it means to live the Christian life. It's a 
chance to show what a Christian home is, how a 
husband and wife should treat each other, and 
how children can be helpful members of the fami- 
ly. Many Navajo children and youth come from 
fragmented and distressful home situations. The 
Aiteses and Champions recognize that serving as 
a role model to their children is a necessity and 
a privilege, and they feel the pressure for living 
consistent lives in their fishbowls. 

With this open lifestyle, it's necessary to 
schedule private time together in order to develop 
a close husband-wife team. 


Navajo children interpret discipline as anger 
because the only time they "get it" at home is 
when their parents are angry. And losing your 
temper is considered a serious offense by Navajo 

Discipline must be done in love. It's important 
that the child understand the instructions he has 
been given and he must recognize why he is be- 
ing punished. 

It's also necessary that the teacher or dorm 
parent understands what the child is saying. One 
type of question that's easy to misinterpret is, "You 
didn't do that, did you?" And the child replies, 
"Yes!" (Meaning, "Yes. I didn't do it.") 

The language barrier produces other problems. 
Velma states that it's a real challenge to teach a 
kindergartner who doesn't know English how to 
make his bed and flush the toilet. Older students 
usually have to come to the rescue. 


Terrie and Wayne agree that the greatest stress 
they feel is not so much the dorm responsibilities, 
but looking around the mission at the multitude 
of tasks that need to be done - many that seem 
as important as their work with the girls, and there 
are not enough hands to care for them. Terrie says, 
"I feel that I need to volunteer to do more. When 
I do. I become very tired and can't handle my dorm 
assignment properly." This seems to be a stress 
that everyone on the mission staff experiences. 

John and Velma Champion tackle a pile of laundry. 


"There are times when it seems that everything 
you've done just goes down the drain. You lose one 
of your students because of a behavior problem, 
and that's hard for us to handle. Or you have a stu- 
dent you've put an awful lot of time and effort in- 
to, and he moves away or leaves for some reason 
or other. Then you wonder if anyone will continue 
to care for that person and work with him." 

Dorm parents experience stress from many 
sources, but still they hang in there. How do they 
cope with the problems? What lessons is God 
teaching them? 

They all say they find strength and comfort 
in God's Word. Getting away from the noise and 
confusion to talk with the Lord is a daily necessi- 
ty. And it's important for a husband and wife team 
to pray and read God's Word together. To know that 
God is concerned and that he can work in in- 
dividual lives (even in the lives and attitudes of 
dorm parents) brings rest and encouragement. 
They find God also guides them in recognizing the 
necessary tasks for each day. 

And God rewards dorm parents. He lets them see 
some progress in the lives of their children. Spon- 
taneous notes from girls at Valentine's Day and 
Mother's Day that say, "I love you," "Thanks for 
helping me." Evidence of courage in a young fellow 
or girl to stand for the Lord and do what's right. 
Young fellows who come in to talk about their 

The road of the dorm parent is rough sometimes, 
just like the path of any parent. But it's not all 
uphill. And God's promised reward for faithful ser- 
vice makes it all worthwhile. 

Among Mary Thompson's many responsibilities at the 
Grace Brethren Navajo Mission is the promotion of the Mis- 
sion throughout the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 
She and her husband. Ray. also work closely with the Nava- 
jo pastors and their wives in planting native Grace Brethren 
Churches on the Navajo Reservation. 

HERALD/ February 198? 


What Is Evangelism-In-Depth? 

by Pastor Phil Guerena 

Young Sam Norguera has the fastest growing 
church in his denomination. In the last two years 
they have increased 47% each year and now have 
over 1,200 members. They have started 25 new 
mission points or churches with an additional 400 
new members, all in that same time frame. At age 
32. he is looked upon as the most dynamic leader 
in his denomination, and has been made the ad- 
visor and bishop of 89 churches. The newly-found 
power and zeal in evangelism has not died down, 
they are still growing at the same rate and are plan- 
ning for more. A building program for a newer and 
larger church is now in progress. 

What happened to this man's ministry that has 
brought about these astonishing events? More 
than two years ago, Sam inherited the leadership 
of a church in Teacapulco, Hidalgo, about an hour 
north of Mexico City, from his father who passed 
away. He prayed for wisdom since he felt that the 
church had not grown in thirty years. It was 
steeped in tradition, and they had even turned on 
themselves and had suffered splits. What was he 
to do? Along came Evangelism-In-Depth. They 
held their love-explosion seminar and planned 
with Sam a strategy for three years. The young 
pastor says, "I prayed and God sent me Juan 
Isaias. He is my father, my grandfather, he is 
everything to me. But next year we are going to do 
it without him." 

Evangelism-In-Depth was started about thirty 
years ago in Central America by the Latin 
American Mission. Right from its beginning, Juan 
Isaias has been its director and founder. The idea 
is to try to totally mobilize the local church. Scrip- 
ture backs up all its concepts and teachings, as 
well as its planning. It holds that every believer at 
the time of rebirth, is fully equipped to be an ef- 
fective witness. Two Biblical examples of this are: 
the woman at the well and the healing of the 
demoniac with a legion. During the twenty hour 
seminar, healing and encouraging examples from 
the Bible and past E.I.D. are related. The singing 
is worshipful and abundant, raising the human 
heart to heights of confession and active participa- 
tion with the Lord of the Word. All this produces 
a releasing of past "guilt trips" and regains a first 

love relationship with Jesus Christ. Participants 
usually leave the seminar completely enamored 
again with their Lord. No methods are given, only 
first love is restored. This is not a new methology, 
but motivation to do what we were saved to do. 

The main reason this concept of evangelism had 
been kept in Latin churches was because of its 
origin. It was started through the Latin American 
Mission by a Latin. Since both the mission and the 
missionary are dedicated to an almost exclusive 
ministry in its own environment, it has stayed 
there. However, it has also been very effective in 
U.S.A. Latin congregations. Now, it will come in 
English to some Grace Brethren Churches. 

A question arises, logically, will this work out- 
side of the culture where it has been abundantly 
blessed by the Lord? Some are convinced that this 
will also have an impacting awakening among 
English-speaking Christians. Biblical concepts 
transcend any culture. This is the reason so many 
U.S.A. missionaries are sent to all parts of the 

E.I.D. has been a blessing beyond measure in 
Latin America by all who have used it. The writer 
himself knew its director for over 20 years before 
being convinced E.I.D. would work well. 

Is the power of God limited to work only with 
Spanish-speaking peoples through Juan Isaias? 
This man has a world vision of evangelism 
through local churches and has seen them quick- 
ly multiply, many times doubling in a year or two. 
New mission points spreading out and hundreds 
of people being saved are part of this legacy. Has 
God restricted Himself to work powerfully in soul 
winning through E.I.D. only with Latins? Like 
Phillip of old answered, when he was asked if 
anything good could come out of Nazareth? 
■'COME AND SEE." (I Cor. 125) Si 


Phil Guerena Is the Pastor of 
Hispanic Ministries at the 
Grace Fellowship Church in 
Long Beach. CA. He is a 
former missionary in the 
Mexico City area. 


[ERALD/ February 1987 


Thursday, March 27, 1986, BANGUI 

A low flying, fast moving jet flew overhead. "It's been a long time since I heard 
those French fighter jets in Bangui. I wonder what's going on? 

He Causes Victory - 
Even in Stress 

by Lila Sheely 

As I added columns of figures. I felt a little 
uneasv. Laying down the pencil. I got up and 
walked about the mission offices. Suddenly I 
realized what the source of my uneasiness was. 
Sirens. Not just one. but many. 

I*ve never heard anything like that before in 
Bangui. "I didn't know they had that many 
vehicles with sirens." I reflected. Restless. I 
wandered to my apartment for a late breakfast. 

The familiar voice of Bero Jacques, the African 
who runs the Christian bookstore, was heard at my 
door. I went to see what he wanted. 

"Mademoiselle. I wanted to alert you that one of 
those military jets that went over dropped a bomb 
or fired a rocket on the people out in the 
neighborhood by the airport." 

I looked at him in utter amazement that he 
would think that someone would actually drop a 
bomb on the city of Bangui! I asked a few ques- 
tions about what he had heard. He didn't have any 
details, except something had landed in the "quar- 
tier" and had exploded. I thanked him for coming 
and telling me about it. 

Two of our African workmen came running on- 
to the station. They told us that one of the French 
military jets had actually crashed on takeoff and 
landed right in the middle of a very crowded 

"The explosion was caused by a bomb that the 
jet was carrying. Everybody knows that militarv 
jets earn.- bombs!" Already there were eyewitness 
reports (thirty minutes after the accident) of the 
scene. There were houses burned to the ground, 
trees knocked down and burned bodies lving 
everywhere. "Hundreds of them!" 

We all. African station workmen and mis- 
sionaries alike, began to mill about at the gate of 
the station. Each person passing on the road would 
add another terrible detail. 

A car drove into the concession. It was a Baptist 
missionary couple who live out by the airport. Im- 
mediately they began to tell us the real story. A 
French Jaguar had indeed crashed after takeoff. 
The engine had evidently failed and the pilot had 

bailed out. The plane, which was carrying aux- 
iliary- fuel for a long voyage, crashed onto a school 
ground. School was in session! 

The missionaries mentioned, on the side, that 
the streets were full of people. They had had a very 
difncult time getting into town because so many 
Africans had begun to gather in little groups along 
the side of the road. 

Bero walked up to me and mentioned that it 
would be wise if we did not go out in the streets. 
I couldn't really understand why or what the ac- 
cident had to do with me or any of us going to town 
or moving about the city. I agreed that we would 
be careful and stick close to home. 

Diana Davis mentioned that she ought to go to 
the store to do some shopping since there would 
be an opportunity to send groceries upcountry on 
Tuesday and the stores would all be closed over the 
Easter weekend. We discussed what Bero had said, 
but agreed that if she went to one or two of the 
stores and did not take long, it would be all right. 

About 30 to 45 minutes later. Bero came 
running to my apartment yelling. "Mademoiselle. 
Mademoiselle! Go upstairs quickly. They're com- 
ing. They're coming!" I had no idea who was com- 
ing, but I could tell by his voice this was no time 
to ask questions. 

I went up the stairs with some of our guests and 
locked the iron grill. 

By this time I was beginning to hear much com- 
motion out in the streets. It was up the block. We 
went into the guesthouse lobby and locked the 
door between the lobby and the entrance way. If 
we sat down in the lobby, no one on the outside 
steps would be able to see that we were there. One 
of the workmen yelled up to us to keep our faces 
away from the window. 

I was beginning to feel a little panicked. Soon I 
heard the chants from the streets as the crowd 
grew closer. "Fa mbounzou! Fa mbounzou! FA 
screaming in unison as they marched down the 
streets and gathered forces as thev went. "Kill the 
white people. Kill the white people. KILL THE 



I could not resist. I had to see how many there 
were. By this time they were right under the win- 
dows of the guesthouse. About 50 formed the front 
of the pack, but stragglers were joining in from the 
side street. By the time they got to the gate of our 
property there were about 150. Each had a very 
large rock raised in one hand above his head. I 
could hear the crowd rattling the gate and scream- 
ing to be let in. I knew our guards (four workmen) 
were there and I had seen each of them pick up 
a rock or a machette on their way to lock the gate. 

The crowd was mostly young people, but not all. 
I was particularly struck by one older gentleman 
dressed in a suit -- tie and all - with a large rock 
in his raised hand. More and more people were 
joining the mob. 

A car came speeding down the road from the 
direction of town. The mob was ready for it. As 
soon as they detected that it was a white person, 
the rocks were hurled! They missed the glass, no 
doubt due to the speed of the car. and "thumped"' 
off the side of the door. 

The noise continued in the streets as more and 
more people moved rapidly toward the core of the 
mob which seemed to be moving past the mission 
and toward town. I was pacing the hallway by this 
time trying to fight down the feeling of panic. I 
thought almost continually about Diana, who was 
most surely going to get caught in the middle of 
the mob with no protection. I began to plead with 
the Lord to grant her complete protection and 
bring her back safely to the mission. 

I paced and prayed while the noises in the street 
augmented once again! It was impossible to sit 

The noise receded considerably as the angry 
rioters moved in the direction of town. One of the 
workmen came upstairs and yelled. "Where's 
Diana?" I said she was in town. Two of them im- 
mediately jumped on a moped to find her. One of 
them could drive Diana's car back to the mission, 
while the other brought the moped back. Diana 
could crouch down in the back of the car and the 
mob would not see her. They might be able to get 
her back to the mission unharmed, if they could 
find her. 

They were back within 15 minutes saying there 
was no way they could locate her in all that confu- 
sion. One of the other workmen ran off on foot to 
try and find her. He came back almost immediate- 
ly saying there was no way to get through the mob. 
It was too thick in the streets and the military 
police were everywhere by this time. 

Good news! Maybe the police would be able to 
disperse the crowds and this nightmare would end! 
Things quieted down and the men sat outside the 
gate in front of the property watching for signs of 
further violence. I continued my pacing and 

I heard a car drive onto the mission propertv! I 
ran out into the entrance way. There in the mid- 
dle of the station was Diana's car. She got out of 
the car and opened the backdoor. Out came two 
white ladies. One more crawled out from the front. 

I stood there and smiled to myself. Wouldn't you 
know it - while I'm frantically praying, she's pick- 
ing up stragglers who need help! 

Diana said she had been trapped at the grocery 
store when the mob charged into town. I asked if 
these ladies were teachers from her school who 
had been shopping. "No. these are three Russian 
ladies who live here in town." she said, and pro- 
ceeded to introduce them all by name. She led 
them upstairs to the guesthouse and announced 
that we would shelter them until it was safe to take 
them to their homes. They lived out in the African 

Diana's story was an amazing account of the 
power and grace of our magnificent Lord. She said. 
"I had done what shopping I could in two stores 
and looked at my watch. I remembered that I had 
promised not to be gone long, so I decided to go 
to one more and then return home." Diana finish- 
ed her shopping and locked her groceries in the 
back of the car parked in front of the store instead 
of inside the fenced security parking lot. 

She walked over to a group of African women 
selling fruit and vegetables. Suddenly several cars 
zoomed by from the direction of the African quar- 
tiers. Then a car came speeding up to where the 
ladies were selling and told them to get out of 
there. One of the ladies yelled at Diana to get into 
the store. 

Very suddenly, a mob of angry young men with 
rocks in their hands appeared. They were moving 
in the direction of the store. Diana was making her 
wav to the store entrance and was about there 
when one of the men got to her. 

"He grabbed me by the front of my blouse and 
raised the rock high above his head. I looked at 
him and asked. What do you want?' He answered 
gruffly by asking me where I thought I was going? 
The rock was ready to come down on my head - 
I was frightened! My heart was pounding, but I 
prayed. Okay Lord. I'm yours. It's okay' He 
grabbed my wallet and took my money. Then he 
handed it back to me!" 

Diana could feel herself being propelled toward 
the door of the store. It was obvious that the mob 
was after the white people in the store. The African 
workmen inside the store were frantically trying 
to get the grill closed to keep the mob out. 

Diana was in the front of the mob being 
propelled in the direction of the door. Three other 
African men grabbed Diana, yelling roughly She 
said to one of them. "What do you want? He 
already took my money." He grabbed her umbrella 
out of her handbag. She was literally shoved into 
the store by the force of the mob and the grill was 
closed behind her. 


2RALD/ February 1987 


The mob stormed outside the grill yelling and 
waving their rocks. Diana found herself to be one 
of about 60 whites trapped, but relatively secure, 
in the office of the store. 

Diana discovered that the three ladies next to her 
were Russians, two of them married to Central 
Africans. They had respectable jobs or were 
housewives and mothers. All the women trapped 
were concerned about their children -- not know- 
ing what was going on in the rest of the city. 

Finally, someone said, "The mob has been 
dispersed, you can leave now." Diana held back. 
She was not too anxious to be handed over to the 
mob again. 

"The three ladies asked if I was leaving and if 
I had a car. I said, 'Yes, don't you?" They said they 
were on foot. I knew I could not abandon these 
ladies, so I invited them to go to the mission with 

Diana said to them, "I am a Christian. I believe 
in God. There's no way I am going out there 
without praying to the Lord first. Let's pray." She 
bowed her head and prayed for the Lord's protec- 
tion. When she raised her head, she noticed all 
three ladies were staring straight ahead with eyes 
wide open. 

They were let out the back of the store and told 
that the military was out front to protect - it was 
safe. Diana rounded the corner of the building to 
her car, her new friends close behind. 

"Lord, what have they done to my car?" Diana 
thought. "Oh, please. Lord, let it at least run!" 
There it was without a scratch. Her groceries were 
still in the back of it. untouched. The trunk had 
not been broken into. 

They got into the car and started to the back of 
the building. Diana took the shortest route home. 

As they drove up the side street to the Mission, 
Diana could see all four of the workmen sitting 
right in front of the gate. They all jumped up and 
opened the gate excitedly. 

We sat around the guesthouse swapping stories 
and wondering about what was going on in the 
rest of the city. We could not tell whether this was 
a city-wide riot or an isolated event. Diana had an 
opportunity to develop a conversation with the 
Russian ladies. 

After a few hours, the workmen felt it was safe 
to have our African chauffeur take the ladies home. 
I was amazed at their reaction as they were going 
out the door of the guesthouse. 

One of them crossed herself and said, "MERCI!" 
One of them said to me as she shook my hand, 
"God bless you!" Diana took the hand of the third 
one and said, "I will pray for you". She grabbed Di's 
hand and answered back, "Yes, please pray for 



Even in the midst of great stress and danger, 

even when you think this is the worst that could 
happen to you, the Lord brings something good 
out of it. Three Russian ladies saw the protection 
of the Lord and real faith in action. They saw that 
Diana was not panicked. She was trusting in God, 
and she was not afraid to say so! She gave the Lord 
all the credit for the fact that we all got out of the 
difficult situation even though her own life was 
threatened more than any of the rest of us. 

I have learned some things through all this. The 
Lord is able to take care of His own, certainly, but 
He is also willing on such occasions to turn a 
potentially terrifying experience into a learning 
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God's Servant-Leader 

Cares Deeply about His Work and His People 

The following is an excerpt from God's Servant Leader in the Christian School, a new 
publication containing 90 meditations for those seeking to make Christ's sovereignty more 
effective in daily ministry. Though aimed at workers serving the Lord in a Christian School, 
this devotional based upon Nehemiah l:lb-ll is enlightening for all of us. As Christians, 
we are all God's Servant Leaders. 

In the month ofKislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel 
ofSusa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other 
men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived 
the exile, and also about Jerusalem. 

They said to me, "Those who survived the exile and are back in the 
province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is 
broken down, and the gates have been burned with fire." 

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I 
mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said: 

"O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps 
his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, 
let your ear be attentive and your eyes be open to hear the prayer your 
servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the peo- 
ple of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my 
father's house, have committed against you. We have acted very 
wickedly toward you. 

"Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying. 
'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you 
return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people 
are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from here and bring them 
to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.' 

"They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by 
your great strength and your mighty hand. O Lord, let your ear be 
attentive to the prayer of this servant and to the prayer of your ser- 
vants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success 
today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." 

I was cupbearer to the king fNeh. l:lb-ll). 

Excerpted from "God's Servant 
Leader in the Christian School" by J. 
Lester Brubaker, available from Herald 
Bookstore, $7.95 plus $1.00 postage. 

Nehemiah was miles and miles from 

An exile from Judah in Babylon he 
remembered Jerusalem and his 
"brothers and sisters" there. Eagerly he 
sought news for his brother Hanani, just 
returned from home. 

It's bad. Nehemiah," and Hanani went 
on to detail the troubles of their coun- 
trymen. The report sent Nehemiah to the 
Lord with tears. He reminded the Lord 
of His promises to His people and called 
Him to faithfulness in keeping them. As 
he prayed for several months, the con- 
viction that he must do something for 
his people became a compelling passion. 

Prayer and fasting. 


I know little of these. 

I do know about busy schedules. 
Faculty prayer meetings. Making lesson 
plans. Studying the textbook and library 
resources. Parent conferences. An occa- 
sional cup of tea in the teachers' lounge. 

I know, too, about students who have 
learning problems - and motivation 
problems - and inter-personal relation- 
ship problems - and self-image pro- 
blems - and home problems - and col- 
leagues who some days give me prob- 
lems in my neck. 

Sure, I pray. And occasionally gossip. 
And frequently grumble - or just plain 

Tears of love. 

Tears of caring. 

Loss of appetite. 

Worshipping and beseeching the 
Sovereign Lord. 

It can't be "business as usual." Hum- 
drum routine. My own strength seeing 
me through. God in my heart makes me 
go the second mile of caring love - but 
in His strength. 

I want to be as caring as Nehemiah. 
Lord Jesus, I want to be as caring as 
You, weeping over Jerusalem. Do Your 
work in others - and in and through 
me. Amen. IS 

IERALD/ February 1987 



A Challenge to Pray 

by Margie Devan 
National WMC President 

This is an excerpt from the National WMC 
President's Address given at National Conference. 
1986. in Winona Lake. Indiana. 

As WMC women, prayer should be a vital part 
of our lives and of our WMC meetings. We have two 
stated purposed as an organization. The first is "lb 
promote the cause of home and foreign mis- 
sionary work." I believe one of the most impor- 
tant responsibilities we have to our missionaries, 
both here and abroad, is to pray for them. The one 
thing that I hear missionaries ask for over and over 
is our prayers. Of course, they deeply appreciate 
the financial support and material things we give 
to them since they would be unable to serve as 
missionaries without them. But I believe our 
prayers are more essential than our money and the 
things it can buy. 

A Note from a 
Missionary of the Year 

Dear WMC Ladies. 

Recently I received a notice from the of- 
fice of the gift that will be given to my sup- 
port from WMC. I had already written to 
thank the ladies for including me as one 
of the Missionaries of the Year, but I want 
to again express my gratitude to all the 

For a few years there has not been a 
WMC here in our church in Florida. I. for 
one. missed it so much and am very glad 
we're going to begin a WMC again. 

Thank you again. May the New Year 
bring many blessings for WMC. 

Yours in His Love, 

Dorothy Maconaghy 

A missionary appointee who visited our church 
stated that he felt his family could not go to the 
field without a large number of people in the States 
praying for them faithfully, everyday. He reminded 
us that our missionaries are fighting a spiritual 
battle and without prayer support from home, they 
can never hope to win. 

How familiar are you with the specific needs of 
the missionaries you help to support? How much 
time do you personally spend praying for them? 
How much of the prayertime in your WMC is 
devoted to praying for specific needs of mis- 
sionaries? Yes, it's important to pray for the sick 
and the needs in our church, but I believe that in 
WMC we should center our prayertimes on 

One excellent aid to effective prayer for our mis- 
sionaries is the leaflet. "Prayer and Praise Notes," 
which comes to our churches monthly. Covering 
both Home and Foreign Missions, items of praise 
and requests are listed for each day of the month. 
This is an excellent tool to use in specific prayer 
for missions and each WMC lady should have one. 
Check with your pastor or our missions head- 
quarters if you don't have access to these. 

I challenge you to put to practice the things we 
learned about prayer last year, both in your per- 
sonal life and in your WMC. It will make a 

The second stated purpose of WMC is "lb 
deepen the spiritual life of the women by Bible 
study, prayer, and witnessing." I think we 
seriously need to ask ourselves if we are ac- 
complishing that purpose. In recent years, many 
churches have decided to replace WMC with a 
women's Bible study group. Mother's Club, or some 
other organization. We have been told that we are 
not meeting the needs of women today. Perhaps 
some of that criticism is justified. If our WMC is 
just a social time, if the Bible study is long and bor- 
ing, if missions aren't presented in an interesting, 
informative way, if we are not working toward some 
worthwhile projects - then we need to take a long, 
hard look at our program and our reasons for 


HERALD/ February 198V 


Our National Program Packet 
Committee is doing an excellent 
job of providing us with many 
suggestions for making our 
meetings lively and interesting. 
Pages of suggestions are in- 
cluded for the President, Pro- 
gram Chairman, Song Leader, 
Missions Chairman, Project 
Chairman, and Prayer Chair- 
man. If each officer used just one 
or two of the suggestions each 
month, our meetings would be 
much more effective. Let's con- 
centrate on working to make our 
WMC a highlight of the month 
for our women. Then we can 
confidently invite women in our 
churches who don't attend and 
our unsaved friends. 

In the busy world we live in to- 
day, with so many things com- 
peting for women's attention and 
loyalty, we must make WMC a 
worthwhile time if we expect 
women to attend. 

Let me also say that I don't 
believe WMC is for everyone. 
Some women just will not be in- 
terested in missions and the sup- 
port of our missionaries. For 
them, some other program may 
be better. I think it is possible for 
a church to have more than one 

women's ministry, in order to 
meet the needs of all women. 

We shouldn't feel that/ these 
other ministries are a threat or 
competition to WMC but realize 
that we can work together in our 
service for the Lord. For example, 
younger women will soon 
outgrow the need for a mothers' 
club and perhaps then they will 
be ready to serve in WMC. 

Thanks to each of you for your 
commitment to WMC and your 
commitment to serving God and 
our missionaries through WMC. 
Through our prayers, offerings to 
our various national projects, 
and our support and encourage- 
ment of our missionaries, we are 
having an effect on the spreading 
of the gospel throughout the 

I am encouraged again this 
year by the large number of mis- 
sionary appointees who are 
ready to go to the field and the 
new Home Missions churches 
which are being started. Each of 
these is an added opportunity 
and responsibility for our 
ministry of support. It's a big job, 
but as we helplessly depend 
upon the Holy Spirit for direc- 
tion, I am sure we will be equal 

"Here. If you have any problems 
with this new unit, consult the 
owner's manual." 

to the task. ' 'Now unto Him who 
is able to do immeasurably 
more than all we ask or im- 
agine, according to His power 
that is at work within us. to Him 
be glory in the church and in 
Christ Jesus throughout all 
generations forever and ever! 
Amen." (Eph. 3:20,21) 



Foreign Missions 

Copy Machine for GBFMS 

home office 
Goal: $9,000. 
Due Date: 

Send before June 10, 1987 

The National offering for 
March, April, and May goes to 
Grace Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions. A new copy machine is 
desperately needed in the 
Winona Lake, Indiana, home 
office of FMS. Our project will 
enable the staff to purchase a 
copier that will aid in the pro- 
duction of newsletters, can- 
didate information, and general 
office paperwork. 

Also, at this time of the year 
the Missionaries of the Year 
Offering is emphasized. This 
offering may be given in the 
month of your birthday or dur- 
ing the special emphasis. The 
money goes toward the support 
of WMC Missionaries of the 
Year, honoring their years of 
service. We suggest a 
minimum of $1.50 a year per 
Send before June 10, 1987 

Missionaries of the Year 
for 1986-87: 

Mrs. Susan Griffith. France 

Miss Edna Haak. W. Germany 

Mrs. Dorothy Maconaghy. ret. 

Miss Carol Mensinger. C.A.R. 

Mrs. Jean Zielasko, Brazil 

HERALD/ February 1987 



Home Schooling 

The Changing Face 
of Education 

The face of education changes with ease and 
sometimes without a smile or a frown. This has 
always been true as persons seek to fulfill their 
beliefs and futures in the lives of their children. 

An explosion is currently taking place far from 
the brick and mortar of the public school. The 
school bells that call the students are missing and 
the lockers and the gymnasium are not in sight. 
The sessions begin in the morning just beyond the 
sound of the dishwasher that is cleaning the 
breakfast dishes. 

The teacher is not a career person who is facing 
a full classroom. In many cases, it is the mother. 
The explosion called Home Schooling is with us. 
Whatever your opinion may be -- either pro or con 
-- it is here! Patricia Lines, of the Department of 
Education, estimates that there were 15.000 home 
schoolers in the early 1970's and that number to- 
day is between 120.000 and 260.000. Many 
dispute her claim, placing the number at over 
1.000.000. There are 44.000.000 children present- 
ly enrolled in the elementary and secondary' public 
schools of our country. 

Home schooling is by no means a new approach 
to education. In Christian circles, even,' missionary' 
in the past would pack the school books in the mis- 
sionary barrel along with the increasing sizes of 
clothing. But. this is something new and different. 
This is an option of choice, not a burden of 

There are two major groups of home schoolers 
in our society today. One of the groups is interested 
in the educational processes and feels that the 
public school system has failed. This group does 
not relate to the matter of religion as a factor. The 
other group consists of those who agree, but also 
add on the factor of religious beliefs. Most of them 
are fundamental Christians who do not want to be 
part of the philosophy or beliefs of the present 
educational system. 

Several years ago, there were a number of bar- 
riers to home schooling. These barriers were from 
the state educational systems. Today, many of 
those obstacles have been removed. Now all states 
allow home schooling, though Iowa, Michigan, and 
North Dakota require the instructor to be a Cer- 
tified Teacher. In California, residents can set up 
their own private school. The students need only 
to be members of the family. Most of the changes 
taking place in state legislatures are easing the 
rules for home schooling. 

The merits of home schooling have been extolled 
by some of its followers. Others have tried home 
schooling and given up on the idea. It is not our 
desire to discuss the pros and cons at this point, 
but to point out the growth of this happening. 

Many Christians have already taken an alter- 
native to public schooling by enrolling their 
children in private Christian schools. Their 
number has increased dramatically in the last 
twenty years, but the home school movement is 
a different event. 

There are a number of support systems for home 
schooling. Suppliers of information in the "how to" 
area have become abundant. Suppliers have also 
begun to supply texts and other materials. Many 
believe the Christian Liberty Academy of Arlington 
Heights is the biggest supplier of courses. In 1977, 
they had 600 enrolled in their curriculum and now 
that number has increased to 23,000. 

The parents of home schoolers appear to be from 
the ranges of the more highly educated. The Home 
Legal Defense Association survey indicates that 40 
percent of those responding were college 
graduates and an additional 30 percent had some 
college training. Of the balance of those surveyed, 
nearly all possessed High School diplomas. 

As it looks forward, the future of home school- 
ing has a large question mark. At the present time, 
the concept is moving forward with few signs of 
slowing. The impact of home schooling will be felt 


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on the public school system as well as the private 
Christian Day School Movement. The greater im- 
pact will be on the lives of those who are involved: 
the teacher (the parent) and the student (the son 
or daughter). The philosophy, the beliefs, and the 
social impact are all playing a part on the tomor- 
rows of these persons. 
We want to present home schooling to you as a 

part of the contemporary social and educational 
scene. In a future article, we will shed additional 
light on the subject through the persons who are 
involved. We will focus in on the actual lives of the 
home schooler and how it all works or does not 
work. We would welcome your comments on the 
subject as part of this happening in our modern 
culture. - CWT 

a, ERALD/ February 1987 



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The Christian 
School Distinctive: 

All Truth 


God's Truth 

by Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. 

Years ago Pilate raised the question. "What is 
truth?" He did not originate that question, it is an- 
cient. In subsequent years it has been raised many 
times. Today it is still a relevant question. 

Most educators would answer the question by 
saving that truth, absolute truth, does not exist. 
In sharp contrast to their viewpoint. Jesus Christ 
said that truth does exist. He said in John 14:6 that 
He is the truth. Further, in John 17:17 He asserted 
that God's Word, the Scripture, is truth. He is a 
reliable witness. 

Scripture presents a comprehensive principle 
when it says of Christ. "For by Him were all things 
created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth 
. . . And he is before all things and by Him all 
things consist." (Colossians 1:16. 17) And the 
writer of the fourth gospel said. "All things were 
made by Him. and without Him was not anything 
made that was made." (John 1:3) 

Christ, then is the Source of all truth. He reveals 
God's truth through Scripture. It is from the Bible 
that the true answers to the big questions underly- 
ing education are understood. Among those ques- 
tions are these: How did the universe come into 
being? How did life begin? What is the origin of 
man? What is the basic nature of man? What is 
the purpose of life? etc. 

As educators grapple with questions like these, 
there are only two resources of information from 
which they can draw. One is God's revelation, the 
Scripture, and the other is man's reason, found in 
all of the books which seek to answer these ques- 
tions while omitting God. 

While the Scripture is primary in understanding 
truth, the creation also reveals truth. This is il- 
lustrated in Psalm 19:1. 2. "The heavens declare 
the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth His 
handy-work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and 
night unto night sheweth knowledge." Christ 
reveals truth in two sources. His Word and His 

Since both sources stem from Him alone, there 
is no dichotomv. Sacred truth and secular truth, 
as they are sometimes called, are artificial labels 
that are not actually there, for all truth is God's 
truth. That means that no truth in any area exists 
apart from Christ. Since He is the Creator and the 
Sustainer in whom we live and move and have our 
being (Acts 17:28). there is no truth in any area of 
knowledge, of life, which is not traced ultimately 
to Him. Only the Christian comprehends that. 

It is possible for a non-Christian educator to 
study God's world and discover truths without 
relating them at all to Scripture or to Christ. It 
should be carefully noted that there is an impor- 
tant difference between the Christian and the non- 
Christian viewpoints on a given subject. Even 
though knowledge is factually the same for both. 
no subject can be taught in the totality of its truth 
if the Creator is ignored or denied. Knowledge is 
purified by the recognition of God's place in it. No 
other approach to education can be entirely God- 
honoring, for parents and children, as is such an 
approach through the Scripture. 

God is raising up schools throughout the world 
todav which are honoring Him as born again 
educators teach the students that all truth is God's 
truth. These Christian schools consider the Word 
of God clear in making parents responsible for the 
education of their children: education not limited 
to the counsels of God revealed in His Word, but 
also in the counsels of God revealed in His world. 
The schools work in concert with the parents so 
children are educated at home and at school with 
the consciousness that all truth is God's truth, in- 
cluding history and geography, science, music. 
and the arts, and that Jesus Christ is to be central 
in all learning and living. 

By not compartmentalizing truth into sacred 
and secular, students are taught that all of life is 
to be properly related to Jesus Christ. This way of 
thinking encourages a life style in which Jesus 
Christ is central each day. not Sunday alone. 
Students are taught that all of life is holy, sacred, 
not merely bits and pieces. 

You probably were not educated this way. Think 
about these things and see whether or not you 
understand that all truth is God's truth. If you do 
agree, consider what you should be doing in your 
home day by day to raise your children to unders- 
tand and apply this great principle. The Christian 
school will support your training in the home as 
well qualified teachers represent you to your 
children during the school day. 3 i i987. r.w.l. 

A member of the Grace Theological Seminary faculty. Dr. 
Roy W. Lowrie. Jr. directs the M.A. Program in Christian 
School Administration, the International Institute of Chris- 
tian School Administration, the International Institute for 
Christian School Teachers and the Center for the Study of 
Christian School Education. 


HERALD/ February 198 


Pursuing A Passion 

National Conference 1987 

Plans for national conference, to be held at 
Winona Lake, IN August 1-7. 1987, are being 
finalized. The theme will be "Pursuing a Passion." 

The first session will be the annual Missionary 
Herald pre-conference musical concert on Satur- 
day evening. August 1st. Sunday. August 2nd will 
be a unique day which has been designated "A Day 
With God." Fasting and prayer for our fellowship, 
local churches and missions will be emphasized, 
followed by a late afternoon communion service. 
The evening service on Sunday will feature 
testimonies, music and the moderator's address by 
Tom Julien. 

Monday. August 3rd will be the Christian Educa- 
tion Convention using the theme "A Passion for 
Excellence." Speakers will include Dr. Elmer 
Towns. Dean of Liberty Baptist Seminary, and Bill 
and Lynn Hybles. Mr. Hybles is the pastor of the 
Willow Creek Community Church in South 
Barrington, IL where the congregation has grown 
from 100 to over 7.000 in 11 years. Practical 
workshops on Sunday School and church 
ministries will be featured throughout the day. 

Business sessions, Bible hours. WMC. Grace 
Brethren Men and Grace Brethren Ministerium 
meetings will be scheduled the balance of the 
week. Some of the speakers will include Richard 
Bruce from England. Dean Fetterhoff. Roger 
Peugh. John Davis. Richard Mayhue. and Robert 

In honor of Grace Schools' 50th Anniversary 
Year, an open house on the Grace Campus is be- 
ing planned for Wednesday afternoon. August 5th. 

Social Concerns 

One of the items of business at the 1985 
National Conference was the renaming of the 
"Sanctity of Life Committee" to the "Social Con- 
cerns Committee." The hope was to establish a 
wider role of service to the fellowship. The com- 
mittee continues to regard "Life" issues, such 
as abortion, as the heart of the committee. 
Donald Shoemaker of Seal Beach. CA is chair- 
man. One of the recommendations of the com- 
mittee is for churches to obtain liability in- 
surance covering clergy malpractice. 

Pension Update 

The Pension Committee of National Con- 
ference met in Columbus. OH on December 18. 
One of the matters of discussion was the caring 
for those ministers and their wives who are 
already receiving pension checks. The decision 
was made to seek churches who would be will- 
ing to underwrite these monthly checks. Several 
churches have already responded as well as the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. The churches will 
send their funds to the pension fund and the 
monthly distribution will be made to the 
ministers and in some cases the widows. Fur- 
ther material describing the future of the pro- 
gram will be announced soon. This helps to care 
for the immediate needs of those who are 
already on retirement. A complete program 
open to all ministers is undergoing final work 
bv the committee. 

Plan Ahead for 

National Conference 
August 1-7, 1987 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

"Pursuing A Passion 99 

Saturday. August 1 
Pre-Conference Musical 

Sundav. August 2 
"A Day With God" 

Monday. August 3 
Christian Education Convention 

Tuesday, August 4 - Friday. August 7 

Bible Hours 

Challenge Hours 

Outstanding Music 

Special Luncheons 

ERALD/ February 1987 



A Valentine's Day 


to Real Love 

•Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes 
from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God 
and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know 
God. because God is love." I John 4:7.8 

What Is Love? 

"Love is patient, 

Love is kind. 
It does not envy, 

it does not boast. 
It is not proud. 

It is not rude, 
it is not self-seeking, 

it is not easily angered, 
it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil 
but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, 
always trusts, 

always hopes, 
always perseveres. 

Love never fails." 

I Corinthians 13A-8A 

"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and 
God in him. We love because he first loved us. If anyone 
says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For 
anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has 
seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he 
has given us this command: Whoever loves God must 
also love his brother." 

I John 4:16b, 19-21 

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved 
us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to 
love one another." 

I John 4:10 (NIV) 

HERALD/ February 19* 

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Fund-Raising Consultants 
Getting the Pros, Not the Con 

by Kevin A. Miller 

A Pennsylvania pastor hired with high hopes a 
fund-raising consultant for his church. The 
previous year had been tough on the church. Local 
unemployment had soared to 26 percent. After 
nineteen years of meeting budget, the church ran 
a deficit of nearly $28,000; only by courageous 
tithing of severance pay by some who were forced 
into early retirement kept the shortfall to $6,000. 

The church knew it needed a solid financial base 
for the future, so it engaged a fund-raising consul- 
tant to lead a capital-funds campaign. 

"No problem," said the owner of the fund-raising 
company, a retired clergyman. "I'll find fresh 
money within the congregation, beyond what's 
already committed. With my trained staff of retired 
clergy doing the calling, I can promise success." 

What he delivered instead, according to the 
pastor, were "additional expenses and lots of hard 
feelings." First, the consultant told the congrega- 
tion to ignore any current financial commitments 
made to the church and pledge again, thus reus- 
ing previously pledged funds to make the new 
money raised seem greater. He ordered publica- 
tions and materials, and billed them to the church 
without authorization. Finally, he misrepresented, 
or at least miscommunicated, his fee and billing 
schedule, and socked the church with unexpected 

The angry church dismissed the consultant and 
hired a different firm. This one, the pastor says, 
"has done a super job. They've been up front and 
honest; we know exactly what it's going to cost. 
I was unusually impressed with their evaluation 
of the church - no outrageous guarantees - and 
we're excited about the program we're doing 
together." The church's financial future looks 

Selecting the right consultant to lead a fund- 
raising campaign takes careful scrutiny. But 
finding a reputable and competent consultant is 
well worth the effort. Tapping their professional ex- 
pertise, thousands of churches have constructed 
new sanctuaries, refurbished old ones, purchased 
land, and retired debts. "The church needs money 

to move," says one financial counselor, and each 
year consultants raise nearly a billion dollars in 
such "moving expenses." 

Indeed, one factor complicating the choice of a 
fund-raising consultant is the sheer number 
available. The National Society of Fund-Raising 
Executives boasts twenty-seven hundred 
members, and perhaps two thousand firms work 
with churches. And this number does not include 
denominational officials who lead fund-raising 

A few firms are large, staffing several dozen con- 
sultants and working with more than a hundred 
churches during any given year. The vast majori- 
ty of firms, however, are small, one- or two-person 
operations led by retired clergy or those who 
pastor part-time and raise funds on the side. 

No regulatory agency governs fund raisers or 
sets minimum ethical standards. Despite the lack 
of controls, however, only a minute number of fund 
raisers could be considered unethical, according 
to people both within and without the industry. 

Del Rogers, president of a Dallas-based con- 
sulting firm, says the horror stories stem not from 
malicious intent but the misguided content of 
some campaigns - programs relying on methods 
that create hard feelings. 

As L. H. Coleman, executive vice president of 
Cargill Associates' church division, puts it, "The 
problem is not with integrity. The integrity level 
among consultants is high. It's the competence 
level that varies greatly." Every consultant con- 
siders his approach biblical, but some simply do 
not achieve acceptable results, or their tactics 
bruise parishioners. The critical issue for 
churches, then, is not so much finding a consul- 
tant who means well, but one who manages well. 

The key in getting the right consultant is know- 
ing what questions to ask before signing the 

Do We Need a Consultant? 

The first two questions are "Do we need a 
capital-funds campaign?" and if so, "Can we raise 
the money ourselves, or do we need outside help?" 

CRALD/ February 1987 



The answer to the first question depends large- 
ly on two guidelines: 

A church's long-term debt should not be more 
than three times its annual operating income. If, 
for example, a church's annual income is 
$250,000, it ought to take notice when its long- 
term debt passes $500,000 and consider $750,000 
its ceiling. 

A church ought not spend more than 30 percent 
of its operating income on debt service (principle 
and interest). 

If a church approaches either of these limits, then 
it's time to consider a major capital campaign. 

The answer to "Can we go it alone?" depends 
on how much money needs to be raised. "If it's a 
vibrant church, if the pastor has some gifts in fund 
raising, and if the need is less than their annual 
income, a church might consider doing it 
themselves," according to Coleman. "But if a 
church needs more than its annual income, it 
needs a consultant." 

A consultant will almost always help a church 
raise more money than it could on its own, for a 
number of reasons: the firm's experience, their 
organization, the fact that most pastors don't have 
the time to devote to a major fund-raising project. 

"The consultant becomes a catalyst," says Vic 
Pentz, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in 
Yakima, Washington, who recently began a 
capital-funds campaign. "There's an aura about 
having someone come in from outside. It holds 
everybody accountable. You tend to work harder, 
to do things on schedule. Sometimes you think. 
Hey. we could do these things ourselves. But you 
probably wouldn't." 

It's not uncommon for pastors and boards con- 
sidering hiring a professional to hit resistance. 

"There's a lot of stigma in the church against a 
fund raiser," says one pastor who recently hired 
one. "The word conjures up an image of a fast- 
talking guy with a gold ring on his pinky." One 
pastor in the Southwest had strong support from 
his people to build a new building. The church 
hired a professional architect and contractor with 
little notice. Then it hired a professional fund 
raiser, and people objected, saying, "When it 
comes to money, we should trust God, not profes- 
sionals." Pastors deliberating whether to employ 
a fund-raising consultant will need to factor in 
these emotional considerations. 

What Can Consultants Deliver? 

Without question, consultants can deliver 
dollars - lots of them. The average campaign raises 
between two and four times a church's annual in- 
come (in pledges for a three-year period, beyond 
what people are currently giving). Thus, if a 
church's annual income is $150,000, it could 
reasonably expect to raise between $300,000 and 
$600,000 in pledges during a campaign, and 
would normally see 80 to 90 percent of that come 

in over the next three years. This two- to four-times 
ratio seems constant across the industry. Even 
those pastors and boards who want to estimate 
conservatively can plan on at least one-and-a-half 
times their church income. 

The average works the other way, too. Though 
there are true super-success stories, like the 
church with a $230,000 budget that raised. 2.1 
million - over nine times its income -- these are 
exceptions and should be regarded as such. 

What does vary is the percentage of pledges 
made that actually come in over the next three 
years. Three churches in a major southwestern 
city recently held campaigns of similar size, and 
each raised approximately the same amount in 
pledges. In one church, less than half the pledged 
money ever hit the offering plates. In another, less 
than a third of the pledges were good. In the third, 
about 90 percent came in. When each percentage 
point represents thousands of dollars, the pay-up 
rate proves crucial. 

So when considering a consultant, one factor to 
check is not only the level of pledges a firm can 
boast, but the records indicating the percentage 
of pledges that actually came in. The better firms 
generally see 80 to 90 percent of their pledges 

Firms will not guarantee these averages or any 
dollar amount, so though you can expect a certain 
level of pledges, you cannot hold the firm liable if 
that level isn't reached. As one fund raiser ex- 
plains: "We can guarantee we will lead an 
organized campaign, but only your people and the 
Holy Spirit know what can happen in your 
church." And it is probably to the pastors' advan- 
tage not to insist on a guarantee; any firm that 
guarantees its results will be sorely tempted to use 
high-pressure methods to succeed. 

What Will It Cost Us? 

It's next to impossible to find out what a consul- 
tant will cost, short of actually having one make 
an initial visit and presentation to a church. A 
pastor cannot do comparison pricing by phone. 

Consultants rely on a complex formula to com- 
pute their fees, and they are averse to divulging it. 
But some of the factors that affect the fee are: 

Location of the church. Transportation costs 
comprise a major portion of the fee, so generally, 
the farther a church is from the firm's nearest of- 
fice, the more it will pay. This may be reduced, 
however, if the firm is working with another 
church in the area at about the same time. 

What the money is for. The easiest type of 
money to raise is that earmarked for a new sanc- 
tuary; the hardest money to raise is for debt retire- 
ment. Many firms adjust fees accordingly. 

Size of the church. Usually, the larger the 
church, the more work for the consultant and the 
more printed materials that are needed, and thus, 
the more he or she will charge. 


HERALD/ February 19 

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Other factors are disputed. One firm says that 
the amount of money to be raised affects the fee; 
another says that doesn't enter in at all. 

These variables result in some seemingly odd 
fees. Consider three recent campaigns led by three 
different fund raisers: 

One church had a $500,000 project; the firm's 
fee was $30,000. 

In another church, a firm raised close to $1 
million; its fee was $27,000. 

A third church raised $1.5 million; the consul- 
tant charged $22,000. 

Consultants will divulge their fee when they 
make an initial evaluation and presentation, for 
which there is no charge. During this visit to the 
church, the consultant will explain his or her par- 
ticular approach and answer questions. 

Some firms take an entirely different approach to 
fees, earning a flat percentage of the money raised, 
say, one-half of 1 percent. At first glance this ap- 
proach looks appealing. The compensation is tied 
directly to the results, and thus the firm will be 
highly motivated to bring in the money. But in the 
system lurks great danger. Warns one professional: 
"Fund raisers that work on a percentage will be 
tempted to use hype and emotionalism to increase 
their take. They're more inclined to twist arms." 

With either system, though, it's important that a 
church understand clearly what the consultant will 
provide and precisely what those services will cost. 

Payment schedules vary. Some firms ask for 10 
percent down, with the rest spread out over the 
length of the campaign, usually three to six months. 
Others require four equal monthly payments. But 
in any case, churches will have to pay all or part of 
the fee up front. They cannot expect to wait until 
the money is raised and use that money to pay the 
fees. Having said that, however, many consultants 
will arrange the payment schedule so that the last 
few payments are due after the dollars start flowing 
in, so at least a portion of the fee might be covered 
by the money raised. 

Do Consultants Pay for 

Most pastors considering an outside consultant 
will have to answer, to the satisfaction of the 
church, "How do you justify that hefty consulting 

Records show that in most cases consultants 
have generated far more than their fees in dollars 
above what churches typically raise on their own. 
The church that "saves" the fee will usually net 
smaller results. SaysL. H. Coleman, "Usually, with 
the first person you contact in a campaign, you've 
more than paid for the fee," since most campaigns 
approach larger donors first. 

Another way to consider the question is to figure 
what it would cost to borrow the money rather 

than hold a capital-funds drive. Say a church takes 
a $500,000 loan at 10 percent interest over twenty 
years. The church will pay over six hundred thou- 
sand dollars in interest to the bank. Even if you 
allow for the congregation raising some money 
itself through "Debt Retirement Sundays," the 
church will pay several hundred thousand dollars 
in interest, which is not tax-deductible and 
benefits the church in no way. 

On the other hand, suppose the church takes the 
same loan, but holds a capital-funds campaign. If 
the campaign begins in January, dollars start ar- 
riving in April. Construction begins in say, June, 
with early campaign dollars helping pay for site 
preparation and architects' fees. By the next April, 
when construction is finished and the church is 
ready to put permanent financing in place, almost 
$200,000 has come in (the first year is always 
highest). The church can thus borrow much less, 
about $350,000, and pay that off over the next two 
years with the remaining campaign income. At the 
end of the third year, the church is debt free and 
has paid well under $100,000 in interest. Even 
adding a consultant's fee, the costs to the church 
are less than those in the first scenario. 

What Will the Consultant Do? 

When a church contacts a fund-raising firm, a 
consultant will take information about the church, 
such as its size and characteristics, its annual 
budget, and how much the church wants to raise. 

Then the consultant will meet with the pastor 
and/or the decision-making body. Most will glad- 
ly return to make a presentation to the entire 
church, if desired. 

During the presentations, the consultant will 
outline the time, activities, and fees involved, and 
what the church can reasonably expect to raise. 
The presentation usually sets a positive, forward- 
looking tone: "We can do this together." Words like 
dreams, goals, potential, and commitment are 
favorites of fund raisers. There is no cost to the 
church for these initial contacts and presentations. 

What will the person be like? Consultants, most 
often, have had experience as a pastor or church 
staff member at some point, or are very active 
laymen. And they are eminently likable. One 
pastor describes the fund raiser his church hired: 
"He looks like a grandpa, smiles a lot, and touches 
you when he talks to you. He allays all your fears." 
Adds an industry observer, "You're always going 
to be dealing with nice people in this business. You 
aren't going to find any nasty people when they're 
trying to sell you a contract." 

Should the church decide to hire the consultant, 
an agreement will be sent by mail for the church 
to sign. Once the contract is signed, a church can- 
not back out without some legal entanglements 
or paying the full fee, but this happens only rare- 
ly. And if internal problems come up in the church. 

RALD/ February 1987 



say, a key staff member leaves or is fired, most 
firms will try to postpone the program for a while, 
if possible. 

The campaign lasts from three to eight months, 
with about four months being average. Each fund 
raiser structures a capital campaign slightly dif- 
ferently, but most employ the following elements: 

An introductory meeting to set an upbeat, 
positive tone in the congregation. In some firms' 
programs, the consultant will address the con- 
gregation on Sunday morning in place of the 
pastor's sermon. 

An evaluation process. The consultant tries to 
get a clear picture of the church's giving potential, 
attitude toward the project, and potential leaders. 
The information may come through a survey, or 
more often, through a meeting of five to twenty 
people, either the church's current leaders or a 
cross section of the membership. 

Some firms use this evaluation period to iden- 
tify the largest potential donors, either by looking 
at individuals' giving records or by analyzing their 
probable income based on home location and 
occupation. Other firms look only at giving 
patterns of the whole church. Most firms will not 
press to see any records the church doesn't want 
to release, but churches should know the firm's 
usual practice and the information they request. 

Recruitment of leaders. Based on the informa- 
tion gathered during the evaluation period, the 
consultant enlists a steering committee to lead the 
campaign. Typically, this committee includes 
about ten people who exhibit, in the words of one 
consultant, "spiritual leadership ability, natural 
leadership ability, and financial leadership abili- 
ty" Since in most campaigns the top five gifts 
come from members of the committee, one might 
conclude the last criterion weighs quite heavily. 

The steering committee then gathers other 
members of the congregation to help with the 
campaign. The campaign is usually carefully 
organized, with each person given a title -- direc- 
tor, chairperson, captain, worker - and a clear job 
description. Through several training sessions, the 
consultant explains to each person his or her job 
and gives each a manual or notebook. 

First home visit. Trained people from the 
church then call on people in their homes. Dur- 
ing this fifteen- to thirty-minute visit, no one is 
asked to make a commitment. Instead, the visitors 
(ideally a couple, according to one consultant) talk 
briefly about the good things happening at the 
church, and ask what needs in the home they 
might pray for. The visit is intended primarily to 
establish a climate of support and expectancy. 

Some firms use only one home visit during the 
campaign, during which they do gather com- 
mitments. Others rely on their own staff of trained 
clergy, rather than the church's lay people, to make 
the visits. 

Maynard Nelson, pastor of Calvary Lutheran 
Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota, has employed 
numerous consulting firms during his ministry, 
and has experience with both approaches. His 
'The outside visitors did the job, but it's 


much more effective using your own people if 
possible. It's better to involve large numbers of peo- 
ple and have broad ownership of the program and 
its goals." 

During this early stage of the campaign, some 
consultants ask the pastor to meet with potential 
large donors, usually over dinner in private homes, 
to personally explain the program and enlist their 
support. Fund raisers hope to encourage, through 
this or other approaches, a lead gift that is 10 per- 
cent of the campaign goal. 

Prayer emphasis. Some consultants set up 
twenty-four hour prayer chains or other 

Informational period. Also called a "promo- 
tional period." this is the stage during which the 
church gives people the who-what-when-where- 
why of the program, in detail. "It's not fair to ask 
people for money unless they know what's going 
to happen to that money," says Coleman. 
Brochures and newsletters are sent to church 
members, describing the project, detailing the 
floor plan of the new building, and so on. Bible 
studies and Sunday school classes on Christian at- 
titudes toward giving are held. The pastor 
preaches a four-week series of messages on 
stewardship. During the Sunday morning service 
each week of this period, a member gives a 
testimony, telling why he or she is excited about 
the church and program, and usually naming the 
specific amount he or she will be giving. Fund 
raisers look for a mix of wealthy and not-so-wealthy 
to give these testimonies: many firms ask the 
pastor to give the first one. 

All-church gathering. This is either a banquet 
or worship service. The pastor usually gives the 
keynote address, and selected members of the con- 
gregation talk about what God has done for the 
church in the past, what he's doing in the present, 
and what he will do in the future. Often a slide 
show gives information and inspiration about the 
church and project. The consultant is usually not 
present for this event. 

Some firms gather the campaign leaders at a 
"leadership challenge meeting" a few days before 
the banquet and ask them to make their commit- 
ment to the campaign. Then, at the banquet, the 
leaders' commitments are announced, encourag- 
ing people that the high goal really is accessible. 
In some churches, the leaders alone contribute 
more than the church initially thought the entire 
congregation could give. 

A canvass period. Most campaigns take 
people's commitments during the first one or two 
weeks following the all-church gathering. Some 


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firms train people to phone and make appoint- 
ments, others to just show up, but either way, peo- 
ple have been prepared through five or six newslet- 
ters and the pastor's message to expect the 
visitors. The visitors talk about how exciting the 
banquet or worship service was. Then they 
"receive the commitment" by giving the people a 
card and envelope. The people write their commit- 
ment on the card, put it in the envelope, and seal 
it, so the visitors do not know the size of the pledge. 

A few fund raisers have visitors suggest specific 
amounts for people to give, based on the people's 
occupation and home location. One pastor in the 
west cancelled a campaign because of this prac- 
tice. His members were being told, "We believe 
God would want you to give $30,000." or whatever 

Other firms take a decidedly low-key approach. 
If a person says he or she does not want to make 
a commitment to the program, the visitors are 
trained to say, "We understand. Not everyone will 
be able to give. We want you to know that we love 
you, and we know you're joining with us in prayer 
that God will have his way in our church." 

Pastors can minimize hurt feelings by knowing 
ahead of time how a consultant approaches these 
visits and determining whether the congregation 
will feel comfortable with that approach. 

"Victory Day" or "Victory Service." Here the 
results of the campaign are announced and 
celebrated. This is held one or two weeks follow- 
ing the all-church gathering. 

Follow-up. The church office sends each con- 
tributor an acknowledgment letter and special 
envelopes, and then, each quarter, a record of his 
or her contributions. The church also sends a 
monthly income report to the consulting firm so 
it can monitor progress. 

The consulting firm gives the church materials 
for programs or bulletin inserts to help keep giv- 
ing active over the three-year period. The biggest 
problem for churches in the follow-up period is 
families who move. Some churches hold mini- 
banquets every three or six months to explain the 
program to new people in the church and gain 
their support. 

What Is Expected of the Pastor? 

All consultants place high value on the pastor's 
visible and verbal support of the campaign. "The 
pastor's role is vital to the success of the cam- 
paign," says Roy Austin, executive vice president 
of Resource Services, Inc. "The pastor is the 
leader, the spearhead." 

Most consultants let the amount of the pastor's 
giving be his or her own decision, "hammered out 
on the anvil of prayer," as one puts it. Some 
describe what other pastors have given as ex- 
amples. But a few actually name specific dollar 
amounts. One pastor invited a firm to give a 

a presentation to the church board. The next 
morning the pastor and consultant met for 
breakfast. As they sat down, the consultant said. 
"Pastor, for this thing to fly, you'll have to tell your 
people you're going to give at least $15,000 over 
the next three years." 

Again, pastors will want to know beforehand 
what the consultants' approaches are. 

How Do We Find the Right 

Pastors and consultants will be working closely 
together for several months, so it's vital they see 
eye to eye. That means, first of all. the person needs 
to be a committed Christian and active in the local 
church. Beyond that, however, the consultant 
ought to mesh with the particular church. 

"It's helpful to consider the consultant a short- 
term staff member who should meet all the criteria 
you apply to anyone else on staff," says Del Rogers. 
"Hire someone who can complement other people 
on staff, who holds the same basic Christian com- 
mitment and theological stance." 

Pastor Vic Pentz agrees: "We looked for a con- 
sultant who had been successful in churches 
similar to ours, who would feel at home with our 
general approach." Because of this rule of thumb, 
some pastors choose to use their own denomina- 
tion's fund raisers rather than a private firm. On 
the other hand, one pastor who has worked with 
both private and denominational fund raisers said 
the private consultant was more forthright and 
had a better organized program. Another said, 
"Our denominational people just didn't seem to 
hustle as hard." So churches will need to evaluate 
each option carefully. 

Once these basics have been established, pastors 
and boards ought to check the consultant's ex- 
perience and track record: how long they've been 
in the business, how much they've raised on the 
average, the percentage of pledges that came in. 

Pastors are wise to ask for references - and con- 
tact them. "Good consultants are more willing to 
give you an extensive list of previous clients," says 
Arthur Borden, president of the Evangelical Coun- 
cil for Financial Accountability. These references 
can tell whether the consultant reached their 
churches' goals, and just as important, the 
methods they used. Did they promise more than 
they delivered, miscommunicate their fee or bill- 
ing schedule, leave behind hard feelings? 

One west coast pastor who recently checked a 
consultant's references found that in previous con- 
gregations the consultant had left a strong 
spiritual impact and people had come away with 
a firmer commitment to biblical stewardship. The 
pastor hired the consultant. 

"I suggest to churches an old approach many 
mission boards have used to select missionaries," 
says Del Rogers. "Ask the references for other 

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The May 1986 edition of Impact, the magazine 
of the Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Socie- 
ty, carried this personal testimony of one who 
has completed two summers (20 credit hours) at 
Grace Seminary Extension in Europe. Valeria 
Franchi and the editor of Impact have gracious- 
ly granted permission to reprint her testimony, 
because I thought the readers of our Fellowship 
would like to see how God has already worked 
in Valeria's life. Furthermore, she. at the close of 
the first summer's classes, made the following 
statement: ". . . this summer has been very, very 
precious to me - first of all. because I have 

learned a lot of things from the Bible, but also 
because the Lord showed me that He has prepared 
all my life for this moment in which I could use 
the little English I know to understand important 
things in His Word which I could not have been 
able to do without knowing English . . . I am aware 
that this is a privilege and it's a beautiful bless- 
ing that I have had to be here." 

Undoubtedly, under God's guiding hand, Grace 
Seminary Extension in Europe can be an instru- 
ment which will effectively enhance Valeria's 
future service for the King of kings and the Lord 

Of lords. Our Lord JeSUS Christ. - Dr. Trevor Craigen 

A First-Hand Look 
At A Different God 

by Valeria Franchi, as told to Jim Bull 

My family was just as normal as any other family 
in Rome, Italy We went to the right parties, mixed 
with the right friends, and attended mass occa- 
sionally. What could be more normal? As a mat- 
ter of fact. I remember feeling a little more spiritual 
than many of my friends, because I attended 
church more often, though still not often at all. 

As a teenager, I had a friend named Luigi who 
used to prod me to come to church more regular- 
ly. He seemed almost fanatical about his Catholic 
faith. I had no intention of going overboard with 
my religion, although I admired Luigi for his 
strong convictions. 

Naturally, I was struck when one day Luigi told 
me he had left the Roman Catholic church and had 
been "converted to the God of the Bible." He kept 
talking about what the Bible says, and worse, he 
kept inviting me to different "evangelical" church 
functions. But I wasn't excited about attending, and 
I knew my parents would be even less excited if I did. 

Finally. Luigi invited me to a young people's par- 
ty, not mentioning the fact that his new church 
was sponsoring the get-together. What could I do? 
I was a sixteen-year-old young lady who had no in- 
tention of making a bad impression by walking out 
on her friend. 

I stuck it out and came away surprised, realiz- 
ing I'd enjoyed myself thoroughly. Yet there was no 
dancing, no foul language, and no brainwashing 
attempts during the evening. I saw a marked dif- 
ference between those people and the ones I usual- 
ly associated with. The walls of my defenses were 
beginning to come down. 

A month later, April 1978, Luigi gave me a Bible. 
As I opened its pages, I began to learn first-hand 

about a God who was different than I had always 
believed. For the first time, I realized I did not have 
to earn my salvation because God the Father was 
completely satisfied with the sacrifice of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. It was a liberating truth. On July 18 
I asked the Lord to come into my life, and I thanked 
Him for forgiving my sins. 

At home, however, things were not rosy. My deci- 
sion to accept the Lord strained my family rela- 
tions. I was not permitted to go to the evangelical 
church, nor spend time with my new Christian 
friends. Nevertheless, my faith didn't just "pass 
off," as my parents hoped. This worried them, and 
they decided to take action. 

Through an uncle of mine, employed by the 
Vatican, my parents arranged for a priest to come 
to our home once a week to straighten out our 
family The priest was a theologian who impressed 
us with his verbiage and eloquence. But he had 
trouble with the simple truths of the Gospel of 

The plot thickened in a hurry. We met for three 
or four weeks, and after each meeting I would cart 
off questions for my evangelical friends, who my 
parents by then allowed me to see on a limited 
basis. I brought back their responses, supported 
with scripture. The discussions with the priest 
seemed to go on longer each time we met. 

It was during this period that my younger sister 
Flavia began to put all the pieces together, having 
heard my own testimony and our family meetings 
with the priest. I could hardly contain my joy when 
she accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal 
Savior. But this only increased the stress in our 
family, and my parents did not allow her to be with 
the young people from the evangelical church. 


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The meetings with the priest began to reveal a 
few things. First of all, my parents saw that maybe, 
just maybe, the church they had followed 
throughout their lives didn't have all the answers. 
They saw a priest known for his grasp of theology 
become uneasy as the clear truths of scripture 
began to cut through the fog. Second, they saw a 
change in my life. This wasn't just some rebellious 
phase I was going through; the difference in my 
life was becoming evident. Finally, they saw for the 
first time what the Word of God said in contrast 
to what the priest was saying, and it caused some 
real questions to come out in their thinking. The 
capstone came when the priest told my parents 
there was no need to keep meeting, because I had 
a "true faith" that simply needed time to develop. 

My father, my mother and my uncle Alberto 
were all doing some heavy thinking. Uncle Alber- 
to attended a Bible camp in the fall of 1979. and 
his interest in spiritual things grew. Someone gave 
him a Bible at that camp, and he took three days 
off work to read through the entire New Testament. 
On November 11 he gave his heart and life to 
Jesus. Later that month, my father also accepted 
the Lord. I could hardly believe it was happening. 

We continued to pray for my mother who was 
the last one in our family not to have made a deci- 
sion for Christ. She struggled under the conviction 
of the Holy Spirit, and finally, on Christmas day 
of 1979, she accepted by faith God's gift of 

As a family, we grew together in the grace of the 
Lord Jesus. My father had a tremendous hunger 
for the Word, and before long he was teaching and 
even preaching in the church, as well as serving 
as elder. 

Our Christian life has not been one positive ex- 
perience after another. Some of our aunts and 
uncles and extended family members do not look 
with favor upon the conversion of our family. We 
continue to pray for them. 

We have experienced great joy as a family, and 
also great pain. In 1984. doctors discovered cancer 
in my father's liver, and within a few short months 
he went to be with the Lord. His funeral was a 
tremendous time of testimony before his many 
business associates and our family regarding the 
saving power of the Lord and the certainty of eter- 
nal life for those who are His. 

I have committed my life and my future to the 
Lord. My desire is to be used by Him in whatever 
way He sees fit, that others might clearly under- 
stand the offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. Praise 
God for His indescribable gift! 19 

Reprinted from Impact magazine, a Conservative Baptist 
Foreign Mission Society publication. 

Continued from page 25 

people who have used the consultant but aren't on 
the consultant's list. Every consultant is going to 
list the best references. But when you ask those 
references for other references, you're probably go- 
ing to get a better picture." 

One church took this approach several years ago 
and found, on closer investigation, that some firms 
had averaged less than 60 percent of their pledges 
actually coming in. Again, this figure is only one 
part of the overall picture and may not be entirely 
the fault of the consultant. Maynard Nelson ex- 
plains, "You can't always blame the firm. 
Sometimes after they leave town, we pastors sigh 
with relief and say. 'That program's over; let's get 
back to other areas of ministry' Sometimes we're 
too busy to accept their counsel and do the follow- 

How Likely Is a Bad Experience? 

Some pastors fear congregational backlash from 
a fund-raising venture, but usually those fears are 
unfounded. However, "there are always individuals 
who will claim some offense to justify why they're 
not giving." says a Midwest pastor who has led 
several campaigns. "One man in the congregation 
wrote me that he was not going to pledge until we 
changed the American flag to the right side of the 
front of the church." But pastors usually report 
their members gave cheerfully and generously. 

Other churches fear a capital-funds drive will 
siphon money from the general fund, but studies 
show this usually doesn't happen. 

Provided the consultant is selected carefully and 
the campaign is supported faithfully, the odds of 
having a bad experience are slim. 

"I can't really say I've had any bad experiences," 
says Pastor Maynard Nelson, veteran of more than 
half a dozen campaigns. "Some consultants 
claimed better results than actually happened; 
others did not always communicate well. But in all 
cases, we raised not just dollars, but faith." 

Nelson's church held a capital campaign several 
years ago to build a new building. After the three 
years were over, the church didn't want to slack 
back. "After all, the building was only a tool for 
outreach," says Nelson, "so we had another cam- 
paign to increase our missions giving." 

Most pastors who have held fund-raising ven- 
tures say the campaigns were times of renewed 
spiritual vigor in their congregations. People 
became more committed and united. Membership 
often grew. In the words of one pastor, "Steward- 
ship and evangelism go hand in hand." Q 

ERALD/ February 1987 




Tom Bryant has joined the Home 
Mission team as pastor of the 
Altavista, Virginia, Grace Brethren 
Church. He assumed the position 
January 1 from his father-in-law, Don 
Garlock, who remains a part of the 
ministry as volunteer associate 

Robert Kulp is the senior pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of 
Everett, PA. 

Pastor Kurt A. Miller of the Palm 
Harbor, FL, Grace Brethren Church 
was awarded for "Outstanding Ser- 
vice to the Community" by the 
Chamber of Commerce at its annual 
banquet on October 24, 1986. Pastor 
Miller serves as Presidential Advisor 
of the Chamber, serves on the Board 
of Directors of the Palm Harbor 
Chamber of Commerce, is chairman 
of the Government Affairs Commit- 
tee, is a director of the West Florida's 
Better Business Bureau, and is 
chaplain of the Dunedin Police 

Rev. Lee Myers pastor of the Blue 
Ridge Grace Brethren Church of 
Winchester, VA, has announced his 
retirement. The retirement will be ef- 
fective with the securing of a new 
pastor. Lee Myers has served 
churches for over 43 years in a 
number of Grace Brethren 
Churches, including Akron and 
Englewood, OH, Davenport, IA, Fort 
Wayne, IN and Martinsburg, W.VA. 

Jack V. Rants has accepted the call 
to be the new pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Kent, WA. 

Mike Wallace has assumed the 
pastorate of the Home Mission 
ministry at Pine Grove, PA. 

Bob Williams has resigned the 
pastorate at the Udell, IA, church 
and is residing in Warsaw, IN. 


APPIAH: Angela Adjepong and 
Joe Appiah, November 8, 1986, in 
Takoma Park, MD James Dixon, 

GRAHAM: Deanna Dennis and 
Stephen Graham, December 12, 
Anchorage, AK, Pastor William 
Schaffer performed the ceremony in 
the Inlet View Baptist Church in 

ROMERO: Dana Lynn Mohler and 
Benjamin Romero, December 20, 
1986, in North Canton, OH. 
Ceremony performed by Pastor 
Wesley Haller. 

WINTER: Beth Lathrop and Steve 
Winter, January 1, 1987, Brethren 
Navajo Mission, Counselor, NM. 
Ceremony performed by Rev. Larry 
A. Wedertz. 

ZIMMERMAN: Jackie Miller and 
Dean Zimmerman, July 26, 1986, at 
the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, 
IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 


CORDELL, J. EDWARD (Jr.). 82, 

November 26, Waynesboro, PA. 
Thomas Mahaffey, pastor. 



CREES, ROBERT. 80, December 
31, Waynesboro, PA. Mr. Crees was 
a charter member of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Board of Trustees 
as well as Pastor in a number of 
Brethren churches. Services were 
held on January 4 with son-in-laws 
David Plaster and Don Rough 
assisting in the services. Thomas 
Mahaffey, pastor. 

GAIWAKA, ESTHER. October 23. 
She was the wife of Pastor Noel 
Gaiwaka who is the senior pastor in 
the Central African Republic with our 
Grace Brethren Churches. 
HOFFMEYER, RUTH. 77, December 
22, Meyersdale, PA. Charter Member 
of Meyersdale Grace Brethren 
Church, Ron Warrick, pastor. 

HOOKS, JENNIE E. 90, November 
30, Kittanning, PA. Richard 
Cornwell, pastor. 

23, Rittman, OH. Bud Olszewski, 

LEISTNER, ELOISE. October 18, 
Berne, IN. In retirement years, she 
and her husband served as workers 
at the Brethren Navajo Mission for 
four and one-half years. Larry 
Edwards, pastor. 

LUTZ, MILDRED. 72, November 9, 
Glenwood, OH. Percy Miller, pastor. 

City, NE. Former moderator of the 
church, saved under the ministry of 
R. Paul Miller. Gilbert Hawkins, 

20, Portis, KS. Clarence Lackey, 


STEVE BURNS, R. 1, Box 1592, 
Sunnyside, WA 98944. 

BILL CRABBS, 77 Orchard St., 
Brookville, OH 45309. 

PAUL HOFFMAN, 235 Fulweiler 
Ave., Auburn, CA 95603. 

ROBERT MORTON, 632 Norman- 
die Blvd., Bowling Green, OH 

St., Windber, PA 15963. 

Dr., Englewood, OH 45322. 

JAMES SCHAEFER, 5516 Chester- 
field Dr., Camp Springs, MD 20748. 

NORMAN SCHROCK, 6726 Newlin 
Ave., No. 1, Whittier, CA 90601. 

HARRY STURZ, 1300 Mayfield Rd., 
No. 61 G, Seal Beach, CA 90740. 

CHURCH of Everett, PA. P.O. Box 63, 
Everett, PA 15537. 


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South America — Dr. John Whit- 
comb and his wife, Norma, were 
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in early January. 

Manila, Philippines — Brother 
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shared with 5,000 Filipino pastors and 
lay workers how to prepare for 
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Almost unnoticed in the new tax law 
is a provision which allows ministers 
who have previously opted out of 
Social Security to be able to join the 
system. The window of readmission 
is restricted. Further information will 
be made available soon. 
Fellowship Association Mission, an in- 
terdenominational mission head- 
quartered here, has approved Don 
and Betty Hocking for a ministry in 
the African country of Cameroon. 

Four groups of fundamental 
churches in the Cameroon are in- 
terested in the establishment of a 
seminary to provide trained leaders 
for their churches, and the Hockings 
will be working to establish one by the 
fall of 1989 or 1990. The Cameroon, 

a French-speaking country the size of 
California, has a population of 10 
million people. 

The Hockings served with Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions for more 
than 30 years in the Central African 
Republic, and are members of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, 

Grace Bible Conference 

This month is the time to make your 
reservation for the 1987 Grace Bible 
Conference in Winona Lake. The con- 
ference will be held next month, 
March 17-20. Joining 16 Grace 
Theological Seminary faculty and 
staff in presenting the Conference this 
year are Dr. Gary E. Cohen, Dr. Garry 
Friesen, Pastor Don Shumaker, and 
Mrs. Miriam Uphouse. In addition, Dr. 
Herman A. Hoyt, former president of 
the college and seminary, will speak 
at the annual banquet about the 
heritage of the schools. 

Conference workshops will deal 
with theological, practical ministries, 
and ethical concerns, as well as the 
use of computers in church ministry. 
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Winona Lake, Indiana, 46590. 

Grace Continues 
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The Grace College Lancers con- 
tinued their winning basketball 
season with a trip through the East. 
Their record stands at 14 wins and 
5 losses through January 29, 1987 

Herald Corporation 
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The Board of trustees of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald has voted to 
change its corporation membership 
rules. For a great number of years the 
corporation membership was depen- 
dent on a $5.00 gift. Effective January 
1, 1987, a $25.00 gift is necessary for 
corporation membership. The cate- 
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Columbia, SC 
& Greensburg, PA 

Two American cities have been 
added to the growing roster of 
national Home Missions points. New 
Grace Brethren works at Columbia, 
South Carolina and Greensburg, 
Pennsylvania began receiving finan- 
cial support from the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council on Jan. 1. 

The work at Columbia is led by 
founding pastor Jim Jackson, who 
moved to the area to begin the work. 
Previously, he pastored the 
Kachemak Bay GBC, Homer, AK, 
which is also a Home Mission point. 
The new ministry is also sponsored 
by the Southern District of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

At Greensburg, the new church 
had its start when a group of Grace 
Brethren families recognized the 
need for such a congregation in their 
community. Pastor Ron Smals was 
called to lead the congregation early 
last fall. The W. Penn Dist. of Grace 
Brethren Churches also has a vital 
interest in the development of the 
new church. 

Self-Supporting Churches 

Eight Home Mission points took the 
step of faith during 1986 and went 
self-supporting. The GBC at Cincin- 
nati, Ohio, pastored by Mike 
Clapham, went self-supporting in 
October. Others following at the end 
of the year, include the GBC, Mifflin, 
Ohio, pastored by Charles Barnhill; 
the GBC, Sebring, Florida, pastored 
by Jay M. Fretz; the Calvary GBC, 
Orange City, Florida; the GBC, Ven- 
tura, California; the Tiadaghton 
Valley GBC, Avis, Pennsylvania, 
pastored by James Snavely; the 
GBC, Newark, Delaware, pastored 
by Timothy Coyle; and the Com- 
munity GBC — Suntree, Melbourne, 
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The High Cost of Charging 

by Charles W. Turner 

My American Literature and 
English Literature teachers still 
loom big in my mind. I can 
remember their names, but their 
faces are lost in the hundreds of 
thousands of persons that I have 
since looked upon. They chal- 
lenged me to read and to an even 
more painful act, to memorize. 

"1 shot an arrow into the air. It 
fell to earth I know not where." To 
which I add. neither do I care. 
This is one of the poems I 
memorized. Another was. The 
Charge of the Light Brigade. It is 
dim in my memory, but I think 
the moral to the story was that 
brave men fell in battle. There has 
always been a high cost of 

But words have a way of chang- 
ing from one generation to 
another. In this case, many 
generations have come and gone 
and the word "charge" has taken 
on new and important signif- 
icance. The results of charges in- 
to battle by soldiers resulted in 
bodies and lives being injured and 
changed. The new charge results 
in debt, not death. 

It might be well to point out that 
I am not opposed to debt and 
charging. It affords us a means of 
progress in daily living and in 
business to be effective and take 
command of opportunities. I use 
debt in both my personal and 
business life to move into needed 
situations. Without an effective 
use of debt many opportunities 
would be lost. 

But debt is borrowing against 
tomorrow; it is using tomorrow's 
income to meet the demands of 
today. Though tomorrow is a very 
uncertain situation, Jesus pointed 
out a need of planning a venture 
before you build to make certain 

that the folly of incomplete con- 
struction is avoided. 

There is a growing disregard for 
debt. The great tutor of this class 
is government -- worldwide. The 
government debt is so huge it is 
totally impossible to understand. 
National debt and trade deficits 
grow and personal debt is leaping 
to new highs. Since 1982 the per- 
cent of installment debt to income 
by individuals has moved from 14 
percent to 20 percent. This is a 
42.8 percent increase in just 4 
years. The government is working 
on a test plan to permit you to put 
your income tax on your Visa or 
MasterCard. Another possible pro- 
blem area is the new home-equity 
loan, where money is borrowed for 
any purpose, but the home is 
placed on the block as collateral. 
This can result in placing in 
jeopardy the one major asset of 

A much discussed program of 
student loans for college students 
would permit a 25 to 30 year 
repayment schedule. Just think of 
the joy of paying off your college 
loan the same day you get your 
first Social Security check. 

But as a Christian, why be ex- 
excised about such worldly pur- 
suits as money and debt? After all, 
we are pilgrims and strangers in 
the land. But, we are here and we 
do have obligations to God and 
government. Our total witness 
and testimony can be destroyed 
by our mishandling of debt. To 
add to the thought, some words of 
wisdom from the Book of Proverbs 
22:7 "The rich rule over the poor. 
And the borrower becomes the 
lender's slave." (NASB) 

The future is being mortgaged 
by government and individuals. 
Care should be exercised as 
believers that we are not caught in 
the chaos that may come. 
Wisdom in all areas of the 
Christian Life is encouraged 
by the Bible. 

The battle cry of the legions as 
they marched to war was 
"charge". The aftermath of the 
battle was chaos, confusion and 
hurt. The new call to charge will 
someday leave persons in the 
same state of chaos, confusion 
and hurt. In the old days they had 
some armor and a sword, we are 
left to do battle with a piece of 

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I am the Bread 
of Life 

Then Jesus declared. "I am the bread of life. 
He who comes to me will never go hungry, and 
he who believes in me will never be thirsty/' 

HERALD/ March 19^ 


I am the Bread of Life 

Matthew 14:15-21 (NIV) 

As evening approached, the disciples came to 
him and said. "This is a remote place, and it's 
already getting late. Send the crowds away, so 
they can go to the villages and buy themselves 
some food." 

Jesus replied. "They do not need to go away. 
You give them something to eat." 

"We have here only five loaves of bread and two 
fish," they answered. 

"Bring them here to me," he said. And he 
directed the people to sit down on the grass. Tak- 
ing the five loaves and the two fish and looking 
up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the 
loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and 
the disciples gave them to the people. They all 
ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked 
up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were 
left over. The number of those who ate was about 
fwe thousand men. besides women and children. 

John 6:26-51 (NIV) 

Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, you are 
looking for me, not because you saw miraculous 
signs but because you ate the loaves and had 
your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for 
food that endures to eternal life, which the Son 
of Man will give you. On him God the Father has 
placed his seal of approval." 

Then they asked him, "What must we do to do 
the works God requires?" 

Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to 
believe in the one he has sent." 

So they asked him. "What miraculous sign 
then will you give that we may see it and believe 
you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the 
manna in the desert: as it is written: He gave 
them bread from heaven to eat.'" 

Jesus said to them. "I tell you the truth, it is 
not Moses who has given you the bread from 
heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the 
true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is 
he who comes down from heaven and gives life 
to the world." 

"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this 

Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. 
He who comes to me will never go hungry, and 
he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But 
as I told you, you have seen me and still you do 
not believe. All that the Father gives me will come 
to me, and whoever comes to me I will never 
drive away. For I have come down from heaven 
not to do my will but to do the will of him who 
sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, 
that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, 
but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's 
will is that everyone who looks to the Son and 
believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will 
raise him up at the last day." 

At this the Jews began to grumble about him 
because he said. "I am the bread that came down 
from heaven." They said, "Is this not Jesus, the 
son of Joseph, whose father and mother we 
know? How can he now say, 'I came down from 

"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus 
answered. "No one can come to me unless the 
Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise 
him up at the last day. It is written in the Pro- 
phets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone 
who listens to the Father and learns from him 
comes to me. No one has seen the Father except 
the one who is from God; only he has seen the 
Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has 
everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your 
forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they 
died. But here is the bread that comes down from 
heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am 
the living bread that came down from heaven. If 
anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. 
This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the 
life of the world." 

Father, thank you for sending your son to 
die for my sins as the bread of life. Forgive 
me when I grumble. Help me to always 
remember to try to do your will just as Jesus 
did your will while he lived on earth. Help 
me, heavenly father, not to do my will, but 
yours. Thank you for your promise that I 
will be raised on the last day. Thank you for 
your precious gift of eternal life. In Jesus 
name I pray. 


'ERALD/ March 1987 



in Florida 

It goes without saying that Christians are look- 
ing forward to hearing "well done thou good and 
faithful servant" when they come into the 
presence of Christ. However, the words of commen- 
dation will be granted to those who have been 
faithful in this life. 

True faithfulness in this day and age comes from 
trusting and following our Lord. We know of our 
heavenly Father's faithfulness from scripture and 
from our own lives. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 
7:9 "Know therefore that the Lord your God, He 
is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant 
and His loving kindness to a thousandth genera- 
tion with those who love Him and keep His com- 
mandments (NASB)." 

There have been many who have been faithful 
here in Sebring, Florida. Churches do not just 
spring up all by themselves, as you well know. It 
is a combined effort of God and His faithful people. 

What has God done in Sebring? We could only at- 
tempt to highlight His work in these short 
paragraphs. It begins with his planting in the hearts 
of people the desire for a Grace Brethren Church in 
Sebring. At first, there were only a handful, but then 
there were more and more. Soon there was a Bible 
class and then regular church services. The Lord 
provided for the purchase of a wonderful piece of 
land late in 1981 and then early in 1983, made a 
way to pay off that land. The Grace Brethren Home 
Mission Council from the beginning proved 
themselves to be faithful co-workers with the 
church. They helped with sound advice and took 
care of part of the pastor's salary. The Grace 
Brethren Investment Foundation also was faithful to 
God's work in Sebring, by allowing them to borrow 

by Jay Fretz 

the funds for both the land and then the building. 
As a sign of the faithfulness of God and his peo- 
ple, Sebring GBC has never been late on a payment 
to the Investment Foundation. 

After the land was paid for, the Lord was faithful 
in seeing the church through ground breaking in 
April of 1984. Construction was soon underway. 
However, as members of the building committee 
watched the footers being dug, they felt the 
building was not long enough. The decision was 
made to lengthen the facility by 15 feet. There was 
much concern at the time that the money would 
run short, but when it was all said and done, we 
were still $10,000 under the $100,000 expected 
cost. We serve a faithful God. 

God Is Faithful 

The years of faithful service at Sebring have not 
been without their difficult times. Yet even in the 
midst of doubting and wondering if the church 
should go on, God has constantly proven Himself 
faithful and raised us back to faithfulness in Him. 


Knowing God is always and ever faithful, some 
might ask how God's people at Sebring have been 
faithful. The most outstanding feature of Sebring 
Grace Brethren Church is the friendliness of the 
people. This is a direct result of acknowledging the 
faithfulness of God. As Paul puts it so clearly in 
I Corinthians 4:7, "What do you have that you did 
not receive" (NASB). We are only a product of 
God's faithful blessing in our lives and as a result 


HERALD/ March 19 h 



The Growth in Sebring 

A.M. Attendances — Sebring, FL 

83 84 85 

Years (2nd Qtr/1986) 




Average Quarterly Offerings — Sebring 



83 84 85 

Years (2nd Qtr/1986) 


we in turn should follow the instruction in Romans 
15:7, "Wherefore, accept one another, just as 
Christ also accepted us to the glory of God" 
(NASB). This instruction has very tangible results. 
In the past three years, we have seldom had a Sun- 
day when we did not have first-time visitors in our 
service. It has also been the pastor's happy ex- 
perience to visit with many people in their homes 
and have them say what a friendly group of peo- 
ple there are at the church. 

Faithful In Prayer 

God's people have also been faithful in prayer. 
This is not just true here at Sebring, but many 
people across this land have been faithful in prayer 
for this work. 

Because of this faithfulness and through the 
Grace of God, we have seen steady growth in the 
past four years. There has been growth in numbers 
and finances. But most importantly, there has 
been great spiritual growth. We know that "Man 
looks on the outward appearance, but God looks 
on the heart." 

We now look forward to God's continued 
faithfulness in our church and in our lives. On 
November 30, 1986 we broke ground again at 
Sebring. The need was great for new Sunday 
School areas. We look forward to the completion 
of this work and continue to rejoice in the 
faithfulness of our God. 13 

Pastor Jay M. Fretz began 
his ministry at the Grace 
Brethren Church in Sebring. 
Florida in December. 1983. 
Since that time, the church 
has become self-supporting, 
has completed one building 
program. ' and is in the 
midst of its second. Jay and 

his wife. Beth, have two children. Rachel. 

nine, and Joshua, seven. 

IRALD/ March 1987 


Fulfilling A Commitment 

by Liz Cutler 

When most men his age are casting 
for fish on a remote creek bank, 
collecting shells on a Florida beach, or 
even wasting away in a nursing home, 
Bob Ashman is actively involved in 
developing a new church. 

Most men in their mid-70's are taking it easy, 
their feet propped up on a chaise lounge with a 
pleasant view of a sunny beach, but not Bob 
Ashman. Well into his 76th year, he is planting a 
church in Columbia City, IN. 

The work isn't easy. There are long drives be- 
tween the Whitley County seat and his Winona 
Lake, IN, home twenty miles away. There are 
homes to visit, meetings to attend, parishioners to 
counsel, and sermons to prepare. 

But in more than 50 years of ministry, Ashman 
has learned not to be afraid of the hours. 

"When I take a job, whatever it takes to do it, I'll 
do. If it takes 40 hours one week and 20 hours the 
next, that's it," he says. "I never liked to be counted 
down to so many hours because the job of being 
a pastor of a church is not on an hourly basis." 

Over the years, Ashman has led congregations 
at Mundy's Corner, PA; and Peru, IN in addition 
to interim ministries at Elkhart and Berne, IN, and 
church planting experience at Hartford City, IN. 

"As long as the Lord lets me do it and He gives 
me the health to do it, I feel I owe it to Him," notes 
Ashman. "I'm not ready to retire." 

Arthrascopic surgery on one knee and arthritis 
in the other has not slowed the energetic man 
down. "That's minor," he says with a wave of his 
hand. "Other people have worse things." 

He spends two or three days a week at Colum- 
bia City, directing Sunday School and two worship 
services on Sunday, and prayer meeting on 
Wednesday. At least one other day during the week 
is spent in visitation. 

"There is good potential there for a church," he 
says of the northern Indiana farming community. 
' 'I don't know of any church in Columbia City that 
has as much of a Biblical program of local church 
activity," he adds. 

The current group had been meeting for a 

Pastor Bob and Bernice Ashman are seated in the second 
row on the left of their congregation of the Columbia City 
Grace Brethren Church. 

number of years when they approached the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council for assistance in 
1983. Initially begun as an independent Brethren 
church, the congregation voted to become Grace 
Brethren at that time. 

"As long as the Lord lets me do it 
and He gives me the health to do 
it, I feel I owe it to him" 

The young congregation has grown since 
Ashman assumed leadership more than a year 
ago. "Attendances were running 30 to 35 in the 
Sunday morning service," he notes. Today, 40 to 
45 people worship together in the double wide 
trailer on a Sunday morning. 

The close proximity of Grace Schools in Winona 
Lake, IN, has also allowed the church to secure a 
student intern to assist Ashman. Seminary senior 
Scott Libby and his wife, Monica, have been 
involved in the church almost since they first ar- 
rived on campus. Scott plays the piano, teaches 
Sunday School, and occasionally preaches. Monica 
also teaches a Sunday School class. 

And when the Libbys leave this spring to return 


HERALD/ March 19* 



Pastor Bob leads the morning worship at the Columbia 
City Grace Brethren Church. 

to their New England home to begin a church 
planting ministry, Ashman hopes to involve 
another student in the work. 

Through the years, Bob's wife, 
Bernice, has been at his side. 
"She's been very much an en- 
couragement," he says. 

Ashman made a public decision for Christ as a 
youngster at a camp in Pennsylvania. However he 
readily admits, "I don't know any time in my life 
that I didn't believe, because I came from a 
preacher's family." 

That background may have influenced his 
career choice, but Ashman maintains his parents 
didn't pressure him or his two brothers, Ken and 
Charles, to enter full time Christian service. (Ken 
enjoyed a long ministry at Wooster, Ohio prior to 
his death in 1981. Charles has pastored the Grace 
Brethren Church, Winona Lake, IN, for more than 
20 years.) 

"My father didn't coerce us boys into the 
ministry. He just said if that's what the Lord leads 
you to do, your mother and I will be happy." 

Through the years, Bob's wife, Bernice, has been 
at his side. "She's been very much an encourage- 
ment," he says. "She isn't a woman who has 
asserted herself in trying to operate me or the 

The two met soon after Bob's family arrived in 
Johnstown, PA, where his father had taken a 
pastorate. "My wife's family was a family of five 
girls, so they sort of took a shine to me as a kid. 
They sort of adopted me as their brother." The 
friendship grew, and in 1936 he and Bernice were 

While the two work side by side in developing 
the Columbia City church, their ministry is not 
limited to the Whitley County congregation. 

"I feel that a Christian not only needs to serve 
the Lord, but he needs to serve the community, 
too," says the pastor. "You can fill the days with a 
lot more than you think you can," he adds. "The 
Lord has given me good energy and while I may 
get tired in something, I don't get tired of it." 

Bob's love for people has led him to be involved 
on the board of directors of New Frontiers, Inc., 
which sponsors Riverwood Ranch, a group home 
for boys near Warsaw, IN. For four years, he also 
served as executive director, rubbing shoulders on 
a daily basis with the young men who came from 
a variety of backgrounds. 

"I never forced my Christian viewpoint on any 
of the boys, but I was always ready to talk to them 
whenever they had a problem and I did quite a bit 
of that," he adds. 

Bernice Ashman offers a word of encouragement to a 
church member. 

He volunteers to deliver meals to shut-ins with 
the Mobile Meals program in Kosciusko County 
and is the vice president of the Kosciusko County 
Council on the Aging and Aged. 

And even with that schedule, he is not ready to 
slow down. "I hope I have about 20 good years," 
he says, adding. "I'm not sure it will be that many, 
but I hope so." 

And given the time, he has plenty of plans. "I 
hope to do whatever the Lord wants me. I don't 
want to loaf." And he feels his ministry at Colum- 
bia City is not yet over. "I think there are some 
things I can help to accomplish there." 13 

Liz Cutler is director of 
public relations for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions. 
A resident of Warsaw. IN. 
she is a graduate of Grace 
College and Ball State 

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RALD/ March 1987 


The Centrality of Christ 

by Joel Curry 

When you mention the centrality of Christ to Joe 
Bishop, he looks very serious, and you know you 
have touched one of the most important subjects 
in his life. 

Joe is chaplain at Grace College. Some people 
may think of the college chaplain mainly as the 
fellow who comforts students through bouts of 
homesickness and dating difficulties. 

But the chaplain's role here is much broader 
than that. Joe is trying to help students develop 
an accurate sense of God's unconditional love for 
them. That may sound elementary, but Joe can 
tell you it's not so easy in many cases. 

"Some students have what you might call a 
'performance-oriented mentality,'" Joe explains. 
"Many seem to believe 'When I'm good and come 
through for God, then He loves me and I'm accept- 
able; but when I miss my devotions or when I'm 
just not doing the normal things that are equated 
with the Christian life, then I don't believe God's 
love for me.' 

"That's not the centrality of Christ. It's a distor- 
tion, a lack of seeing how two critical elements fit 
together for the Christian - God's grace on the one 
hand and the disciplined Christian life on the 

Because of its importance, Joe believes that in- 
stilling that awareness among Grace College 
students must be at the top of his list of priorities 
as he helps them grow spiritually. 

A graduate of Grace Theological Seminary who 
served three years as a youth pastor, Joe has 
develped a deep pastoral - you could call it fatherly 
love for young people. 

Students in college are generally at an age when 
they are questioning values and learning to solve 
problems they have never faced. At the same time, 
they are in the midst of developing real com- 
mitments to ideals that will guide them 
throughout life. 

"College has got to be a time when students real- 
ly come to grips with who God is," Joe explains. 
"They must define for themselves what living the 
Christian life means - what it means to love peo- 
ple, to be honest with people, and to interact with 
them on a Christian level." 

Because of these factors in students' lives, as a 
Christian liberal arts institution, Grace College has 

a responsibility that is broader than providing just 
academic excellence. 

"In addition to that responsibility, we are in the 
business of equipping people to live for the Lord 
and to have an impact on the world after they leave. 
Any college that does an excellent academic job, 
but nothing more, does not equip its students to 
face reality." 

Joe realizes that his responsibility to students 
goes far beyond their years at Grace. 

"Five years down the road . . . ten years down 
the road . . . how will that person be living? How 
will what we did for him at Grace College affect 
him? That's what's really important. What are his 
marriage and family like? Do people that work 
with him know he loves the Lord? Is he pulling 
them toward Christ? A lot of that is hard to predict, 
but it's still at the heart of the impact we are try- 
ing to have on our students." 

Fostering spiritual development among Grace 
College students is not just Joe's responsibility. 
Everyone in the faculty and administration shares 
it, since spiritual development is so much a part 
of the college's purpose. 

For the centrality of Christ to be taught, it must 
first be observed in the life of the teacher. This is 
a principle which Joe has integrated into his own 
life not only in his role as a chaplain, but also as 
a husband and father. His experience as chaplain 
at Grace College has reinforced his own perception 
that being a parent is very, very hard work that has 
long-term -- in fact, eternal ~ implications. 

"My ministry with my wife and two boys is the 
most important work that I have. It supersedes 
everything else that I do. How do I go about as a 
father communicating unconditional love and 
what God is like to my small children? It's first of 
all just being there. 

"I want them to know from my behavior that 
they really are the most important people in my 
life. It's one thing to say to my three-year-old that 
he and his mommy and his brother are the most 
important things in my life next to the Lord. If I 
say that, but I'm never around, he's not going to 
believe it." 

Some of the greatest frustrations Joe faces as 
chaplain stem from the fact that a lot of parents 
aren't modeling God's love to their children. Far 


HERALD/ March 19 


do many Grace College students, he says, first en- 
ounter the concept of unconditional love after 
ley arrive on campus. 

Joe cites as somewhat typical the case of a stu- 
ent with whom he has counseled at the college, 
he young person came to him unsure of her 
irection and doubting that God really cared for 
er at all. 

As he helped her work things out, Joe saw the 
U-too-familiar picture of the student's family 
ackground emerging. When she did well in sports 
nd music activities, her parents had given her 
ositive attention. Other times, there was little at- 
mtion given to her. So she learned that she had 
d excel in everything she attempted in order to 
arn the expression of parental love and approval, 
[er life had been a long history of external and in- 
;rnal pressure to perform -- straight A's in school, 
xcellence in sports -- pressure to be better than 
nyone else at anything she attempted to do. 

Other elements of this student's family life com- 
licated her confusion as she sought Joe's counsel: 
verprotected . . . not permitted to make decisions 
. . lack of open affection in the family ... a father 
r ho was not at home much of the time . . . the list 
• a familiar one to Joe. 

While that student's case is, to a significant 
egree, typical, there are notable exceptions. 

Joe tells the story of one student who was wrest- 
ng with a number of difficult decisions. His 
arents did not agree with the ultimate direction 
leir son took. But they had made it clear to him 
•om the outset that their acceptance of him and 
>ve for him were not dependent on whether they 
greed with him. 

Joe's objectives as chaplain for this year involve 
nmersing students in accurate thinking about 
le nature of God. This is being accomplished in 
lany ways. Small group studies in the dormitories 
all help students grow spiritually and know the 
snse of community at the college. Chapel pro- 
rams have been carefully designed. Students are 
wolved in local church ministries, inner-city im- 
act, prison fellowship, Child Evangelism 
ellowship, and other ministries. 

They are not only learning more about the 
ature of God, but also integrating that knowledge 
ito their lives. Grace students see proper role 
lodels among the college faculty. Instruction in 
:ible classes and in chapel emphasizes how to in- 
;grate scripture content in their lives, as well as 
caching the content itself. 

Demonstrations of both unconditional love and 
tie centrality of Christ are making inroads among 
trace students, Joe believes. "Chapel is a good ex- 
mple. We hold chapel service five days a week. 

College Chaplain Joe Bishop with his eldest son, 
Jonathan. "My ministry with my wife and two boys is the 
most important work that I have." 

Students see that God is important enough here 
for us to take a prime hour out of each day for 

' 'We use some outside speakers in these services, 
of course. But the students seem to look forward 
to chapel presentations from our own faculty more 
than when we bring in Mr. Superstar from the out- 
side. The students know the faculty, and more im- 
portant, students know how they are living for the 
Lord. Students look for that example of Christ's 
centrality more than anything else. And they 
recognize that they are seeing that example." 13 

Joel Curry is Director of Information Services at Grace 
College and Theological Seminary and is a student in the 
seminary's master of divinity program. 

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Rev. Robert Crees Mr and Mrs. Kenneth Kohler 

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Amsterdam '86 

Ron Thompson, President of the Grace Brethren Board of Evangelism recently inter- 
viewed Gene Witzky, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Lexington, Ohio. 
Pastor Witzky shares his experience at Amsterdam '86. 

Ron: Brother Gene, in what connection were you 
a part of Amsterdam '86? 

Gene: In 1983 and 84, I worked as a Counselor 
with Scope Ministries in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
Jim Craddock, the founder and head of 
Scope Ministries was in charge of 
counselors at the Amsterdam Conference. 
I was asked to be one of the consultants. 

Ron: I understand the gathering in Amsterdam 
to have been for Itinerant Evangelists. What 
kind of counseling would they need? 

Gene: You will note that I have used the word con- 
sultant. In 1983, a confusion occurred in 
the minds of some 3rd World Evangelists 
over the use of the word counselor. In my 
mind I was a counselor, but to a Christian 
worker from the Camaroon I was a 

Ron: Then what kind of consulting could the 
participants expect? 

Gene: Of the 66 men among whom I served, I was 
part of a smaller team of men who dealt 
with marital and personal problems. Others 
dealt with financial problems, ministry and 
goal setting. 

Ron: Without violating confidences, what were 
some specific kinds of problems a 3rd World 
Evangelist would have? 

Gene: Much the same as a Pastor or Evangelist in 
America. Would you believe a man was bit- 
ter against his wife because she was always 
late with household chores, thus making 
him late for services on Sunday. Problems 
where a wife was not committed to 
ministry. Heartbroken men in ministry 
whose children are living in sin. A man in 

depression over the death of a 10-year old 
son. Problems of relatives in the local 
church challenging the authority of the 
Pastor. Many problems where tribal custom 
and New Testament Church standards 

Ron: How much time did you actually have with 
each person? 

Gene: That's the sad part. There were 3,000 men 
seeking help. There were 66 of us. We had 
six days with 3 one-hour sessions each day. 
I saw 18 men for one hour each. 

Ron: Any significant things happen? 

Gene: I've received letters from nearly half of the 
men I met with, and it is evident that God 
met with us. Repentence, confession of sin, 
a determination to see lost people saved, a 
new sense of dedication. I counseled one 
young man to seek a wife - here is his reply 
in a letter to me: ". . . your counseling wasn't 
in vain, it has borne fruit. The enclosed pic- 
ture is testimony of our answered prayers." 
(He enclosed a picture of himself with his 

Ron: What about some of your other impressions 
of the Conference? 

Gene: It was well organized. I was awed by the size 
of the crowd. 8,000 participants - 2,000 
support personnel; including security peo- 
ple and stewards in red jackets, media per- 
sonnel, translators, etc. I got weary with so 
much walking. I was thrilled to see the 
results as the men went out into the city of 
Amsterdam to share the Gospel. 800 made 
professions of faith in Christ. 300 of these 
will be followed up with literature, etc. 


HERALD/ March 198 




Who were some of the speakers and well- 
known Christian guests? 

George Sweeting, President of Moody; Joni 
Erikson Tada; The Hawaiians; Stephen 
Olford; Louis Palau; Billy Kim and Josh 
McDowell -- to name a few. Of course, Billy 
Graham, Cliff Barrows, Bev Shea and others 
of his team. 

What were some surprising discoveries you 

Widespread use of English among 3rd World 
people. I suppose the Biblical and fundamen- 
talist mindset of the Conference. Also the at- 
tempt in some seminars to expose the 
dangers of "Kingdom Theology and Neo- 
Orthodoxy". Probably the small amount of 
actual Evangelists and large amount of 
pastors and other Christian leaders from 3rd 
World countries. I was surprised too, by the 
large number of para-church organizations 
alive and doing a good job. 

How can we of FGBC benefit from such 

We see the bigger picture of what God is do- 
ing in and through 3rd World Evangelists - 
many outside our fellowship who love God 
and are Bible-centered and going to heaven. 

Were there any disappointments? 

I looked in vain for some of our CAR Pastors. 
As far as I know, I was the only GBC person 

What do you see as the overall impact of the 

Well, of course, many discouraged Christian 
workers were given a shot in the arm. "How 
to" seminars placed practical tools in the 
hands of precious 3rd World workers. 




Some were saved through hearing the Word. 
Just the song services, prayer groups, special 
music and messages were great. There were 
seminars on every conceivable issue from 
"How to Plan an Evangelistic Event" to 
methods of "Sharing Christ". 

Ron: Sounds like you might have been personally 

Gene: Apart from being in Germany in the mid 
1940s as part of the occupation, I have never 
been outside the U.S.A. But, to be able to go 
to Amsterdam and have vital input in the 
lives of 18 different men, men who are strug- 
gling in many ways in which I struggle, I 
wept with all 18 of them. These dear men 
each put a mark on me that I shall cherish. 
I got so very much more than I gave. Their 
love for the Lord, in spite of the obstacles, no 
transportation, weak bodies. One man 
basically wanted me to pray about a pain he 
has in his head that keeps him from being 
at his best as he studies for sermons. I guess 
Amsterdam '86 did change me and has 
brought the kind of burden that a missionary 
would have as he sees the native pastor 
struggle against so many odds. 

Ron: How prepared would the average pastor be 
for this kind of consulting? 

Gene: I felt God had prepared me through having 
a handicapped daughter. The experience of 
pastoring for 30 plus years has been prepar- 
ing me, but nothing can prepare one like 
pain-old, everyday suffering. Most GBC 
pastors would do well. I really wished more 
of our men could have been there. 

Ron: Thanks, Gene, for sharing your experiences 
with us. 

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Keep On Running 

by J. D wight Pentecost 

On your mark! Get set! Go! 

The Christian begins running a race 
that won't end until the end of his life. 
Are you putting all the energy you 
have into this race? 

When in London a few years ago, I found my way 
to several of the large museums and galleries 
there. I wanted to see firsthand some of the famous 
paintings in those museums that I had become 
friends with through books. It was a relaxing and 
delightful experience to walk through those 

I was particularly struck with one painting of a 
Roman chariot race. Two charioteers were racing 
at breakneck speed. The chariot wheels were just 
a blur. One charioteer, with his whip in hand, was 
lashing his horses so they would expend every 
once of energy they had. Intensity was written in 
his eyes, in his face and in the set of his body. The 
horses were straining themselves almost to a point 
of collapse. With their eyes wide and their nostrils 
distended, they gulped great breaths of air as they 
pressed toward the goal. 

These horses were required to give themselves 
unreservedly to the race. Those that had not so ex- 
tended themselves had been left behind and were 
an insignificant part of the background of the 
painting. The direction of the viewer was focused 
upon the two chariots racing toward the goal. 

That is what the Apostle Paul had in mind when 
he said. "If by any means I might attain unto the 
resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had 
already attained, either were already perfect: but 
I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for 
which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 
Brethren. I count not myself to have 
apprehended: but this one thing I do. forgetting 
those things which are behind, and reaching 
forth unto those things which are before, I press 
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:11-14). 

Mosaic Law 

False doctrine always produces false practice. A 
man who espouses false doctrine will never con- 
form to the standards of the holiness of God in his 
daily life since that holiness is revealed in the Word 
of God. In Philippians 3, Paul dealt with a false 
teaching that had infiltrated the Philippian 
church. This false teaching was keeping the 


HERALD/ March 198'* 


Philippian church from becoming all that God in- 
tended. There were those known as Judaizers who 
had come into that assembly. They believed that 
salvation was by grace through faith in Jesus 
Christ; but if one were to be sanctified and live to 
please God, he must conform to the Mosaic Law 
in his daily conduct. 

However, the Word of God makes it clear that the 
observance of the Mosaic Law always depended 
upon the energy of the flesh (see Rom. 8:3). Since 
man could not keep the Law unaided by the Spirit 
of God, there was no righteousness to be found 
through the Law. 

Inevitably, when a man sets up an external stan- 
dard for his conduct, he does not measure himself 
by the holiness of God or by the holiness of the 
Word of God, but by those with whom he 
associates. If he believes he is conforming to that 
external standard to the same degree that those 
with whom he is associating are conforming, he 
is satisfied. 

That was the danger Paul faced in the Philippian 
church. They were all doing the same thing, go- 
ing to the same places, conducting themselves by 
the same standards. And even though those stan- 
dards were far short of the standards of the Word 
of God, they were satisfied with themselves and in- 
different to God's holy demands upon them. 

If anyone could have congratulated himself on 
what he had attained in the Christian life, it was 
the Apostle Paul. God had called him on the 
Damascus road and set him apart to a ministry. 
Paul had been exemplary in his faithfulness to God 
in the pursuit of that ministry. Nothing deterred 
him. No one could accuse Paul of laxity in his 
ministry or indifference to the needs of those to 
whom he ministered. No one could accuse Paul of 
ministering for his own glory or for material gain. 

As we read the record of his suffering in the 
Books of the Acts and II Corinthians, we stand ap- 
palled at what Paul was willing to endure for the 
Gospel's sake. 

At the time of the writing of the Book of Philip- 
pians, Paul, because of his faithfulness to that 
ministry and to the Lord Jesus Christ who put him 
into that ministry, was under indictment. He was 
charged with a capital crime and could have 
received the death sentence. He was confined to 
a house in Rome. 

If anyone had a right to think that his ministry 
was ended, his sacrifice was over, and he could 
take it easy, it was Paul. Yet even with such a 
glorious ministry behind him, he did not take it 

In fact, to counteract the carelessness and indif- 
ference that had settled upon the Philippian 
church, Paul reached down into the recesses of his 
heart and shared the secrets that had been locked 
up there. 

The Philippians saw salvation as the end, the 
realization of God's goal for someone. But Paul saw 
salvation as the beginning, the introduction into 
a race that had to be run. He believed the race 
would not be over until the Christian came face to 
face with the Lord Jesus Christ in Glory 

So the aged apostle, bent in body and scarred 
from suffering, gave his philosophy of life. His goal 
was that he might come into a more personal and 
intimate daily relationship with Christ. He desired 
that the power of the resurrected Christ might con- 
tinually work through him. He wanted the things 
that he suffered to teach him more of Jesus Christ 
so he would be more conformed to Him (see Phil. 

Then Paul said in verse 12, "Not as though I had 
already attained, either were already perfect (in 
spite of all that I have learned, done and exper- 
ienced: I'm not yet at the end of the goal): but I 
follow after, if that I may apprehend that for 
which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." 
The word "follow after" literally means "to overex- 
tend oneself." 

The apostle saw himself in a race, and he spared 
nothing. Every fiber of his body, every bit of his 
strength was being used in the pursuit of the goal. 
He thought back to the Damascus road where he 
asked, "What would You have me to do?" The Lord 
told him then to be a witness to the Gentiles. That, 
then, became his ministry to lead him to his goal. 

God's plan to evangelize the world through Paul 
is also mentioned in Galatians 1:15,16. We read "It 
pleased God, who separated me from my mother's 
womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his 
Son in me." Paul did not say, "to reveal his Son to 
me"- although God did that. Paul wanted God to 
reveal his Son in him. And that was also God's pur- 
pose for Paul as a channel through which He could 
reveal Himself to multitudes living in sin. 

Running the Race 

Paul saw himself as a runner in a race. Yet even 
though he had been running for years and he knew 
it could even be said that the world had heard the 
Gospel, he knew that his race was not over. As long 
as there was even one person who did not know 
the message of salvation, he could not relax. 

His standard was not the standard of the 
societies - secular and religious -- in which he 
lived. His standard was the one that God had set 
before him in the Person of Jesus Christ and in the 
Word of God. Since God in his grace reached down 
and put him in that race, he overextended himself 
to accomplish the purpose God had for him. 

In order to realize the goal, Paul said in verse 13 
that he had to do two things. First, he had to forget 
those things that were in the past. Across the 
Roman world was a string of established churches 

ERALD/ March 1987 



that were shining as lights in the darkness. If we 
understand scripture correctly, believers stretched 
from Jerusalem to Spain. With all of this Paul 
could have become complacent, believing his work 
was done. 

Sometimes the blessings of God. those things 
that God accomplishes through us. can lull us in- 
to complacency and indifference. We feel we have 
earned the right to take it easy and turn the race 
over to someone else. We view ourselves as com- 
petitors in a mile relay. We run part of the race and 
then turn the baton over to someone else and let 
him continue. Paul said he was in the race until 
God brought him to Himself. 

Paul could have also looked at what he had suf- 
fered, concluded he had endured enough, and 
stopped running the race. The saints would have 
agreed with him because over and over again we 
read of people who urged him not to go to 
Jerusalem, knowing it would involve physical suf- 
fering. But Paul pressed on. 

If one is to reach the goal, he must forget past 
failures and struggles. Perhaps you started out 
running the race and then tripped and fell. So you 
said. "What's the use? I'm just not cut out for this 
race. Let someone else run." 

There is a goal set before the 
believer -- conformity to Jesus 

Failure can bring as much preoccupation with 
oneself as blessings and attainment. And preoc- 
cupation with oneself brings discouragement that 
can produce a quitting spirit before the race is over. 
Paul forgot about his past blessings and failures. 

Second, not only must we forget the past, we 
must reach for those things before us. The word 
"reach forth" means to stretch out so as to be the 
first one across the goal. A race is often won by a 
fraction of an inch. The runner who is able to 
throw himself across the finish line by extending 
himself is often crowned the victor. Paul said he 
was extending himself. He was not looking back 
to past successes or failures. He ran with an eye 
to the goal. 


There is failure in the Christian race because we 
forget the goal. That was the danger with these 
Philippians. Their goal was to win the approval of 
the saints with whom they lived. They had forgot- 
ten that the goal in the believer's life is to please 
God, not men. 

Romans 8:29 tells us that all that God brings in- 
to our experience is designed to conform us to the 
image of Christ. Until that happens, we have not 

attained the goal. The race is not over. We know 
from the Word of God that perfect conformity to 
Jesus Christ awaits our translation into His 
glorious presence. But until that moment, we must 
run. There is no place for carelessness, laziness or 

In Philippians 3:14, Paul stated that he pressed 
"toward the mark for the prize of the high call- 
ing of God in Christ Jesus." Just as the charioteer 
in the painting drove his horses to overextend 
themselves to reach the goal, Paul drove himself 
because he wanted to accomplish what Christ had 
purposed for him when He saved him and 
separated him to himself. 

As long as the Philippians were content to live 
by the standards of the world or of the saints, they 
would never reach God's goal. So in verse 15, Paul 
exhorted them: "Let us therefore, as many as be 
perfect, be thus minded." Paul was subtly saying 
that they were thinking like children when they 
patterned their lives after other believers. To 
become men and women in Christ, they must con- 
form to Christ. 

As long as the Philippians were divided in their 
goal, some desiring to please Christ and others 
desiring to please man, they would not attain the 

In Hebrews 12 we find a similar picture of a race: 
"Seeing we also are compassed about with so 
great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every 
weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset 
us. and let us run with patience the race that is 
set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and 
finisher of our faith" (vv. 1,2). 

There is a goal set before the believer - conform- 
ity to Jesus Christ. Salvation is not the end of the 
race - it is the beginning. In order to reach the 
goal, we must run the race before us. It is so easy 
to become complacent and satisfied with what 
God has accomplished through us or stop and en- 
joy all of God's blessings. But we cannot. 

It is also easy to become discouraged in the race 
as we suffer hurts and have to struggle so many 
times. Sometimes we become preoccupied with 
ourselves to try to please man. But we must keep 
our eyes on the goal, the only One who is able to 
truly give us what we need to run the race - Jesus 
Christ. If we do this, we will finish the race and win 
the prize of conformity to Him. Let's keep running. 
It isn't over yet. Si 

Dr. Pentecost has been associated with Dallas (Texas) 
Theological Seminary for many years. As a professor of Bible 
exposition, he has written many theological and expository 
works, including the book. Things to Come. 

Reprinted from Confident Living by permission from the author, 
J. Dwight Pentecost. 


HERALD/ March 198 


Idea File 

Sometimes WMC ladies do so 
much for their missionaries that 
they wonder what more they 
could do. After remembering the 
missionaries' birthdays, anniver- 
saries, children's birthdays, and 
holidays, what else is left? 

Of course, WMC groups are 
creative in the way they 
remember special occasions. 
Cards, gifts, tapes, photos, and 
many other means are used to 
communicate their love and con- 
cern to missionaries. And the 
missionaries really enjoy these 
special remembrances. 

But the one thing all mis- 
sionaries want and need more 
than anything else is prayer. 
Prayer is their life force. 

Do you pray for your mis- 
sionaries at other times besides 
WMC? Do you remember them 
daily in prayer? Do you know 
specific things to pray for them? 

So often the only time some 
WMC ladies pray for mis- 
sionaries is during the WMC 
meeting prayertime. And many 
times the requests for mis- 
sionaries get buried or lost 
among all the other requests. 

Some ideas to more effectively 
pray for missionaries include 
planning a prayertime during the 
WMC meeting that is specifically 

devoted to missions - no other 
requests accepted at that time. 
Have specific requests from the 
missionaries ready to give: have 
them printed on a sheet so the 
ladies can take them home and 
continue praying. 

Specific requests can be ob- 
tained in many ways. The best 
source is from the missionaries 
themselves. This takes a little 
planning. Write to the mis- 
sionaries that will be featured at 
WMC and tell them what you 
plan to do. Ask them for specific 
requests. They will be delighted 
to help. Remember, mail takes 
several weeks for overseas. That's 
why planning ahead is a must. 

Another place to locate re- 
quests is in prayerletters. Your 
church should receive the letters 
of the missionaries it supports. If 
you can't locate the letters at 
your church. Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions will be able to 
send you copies of letters from 
specific missionaries. Plus, they 
can give you specific requests for 
each field. 

Encourage the ladies in your 
WMC circle to take the requests 
and continue praying for them 
through the month. Incorporate 
the requests into daily prayer 

Dear Ladies, 

It is my privilege to send along greetings to the ladies of the WMC at 
this season of the year. News of your very generous gift to our Home Mis- 
sion projects came to my desk and it is a pleasure to say thanks. 

Some day. perhaps, we'll be able to list all the things that have been 
accomplished in Home Missions because of the faithfulness of the WMC. 
I personally am one of your most staunch supporters and trust you will 
convey to the ladies my own personal thanks for their thoughtfulness. 

We are just now introducing the information on the Angie Garber 
Residential Complex to our Fellowship and we appreciate so much that 
we can say you ladies were in on the foundation! 

May Cod bless you richly as you "manifest" Christ this year. 

In the bonds of His love. 
Bob Thompson 

Be sure to let the missionaries 
know that you are praying for 
them. Ask them to let you know 
when a request has been 

The WMC is a powerful source 
of prayer. We need to be diligent 
in our prayers. Continue to 
remember your missionaries in 
other ways - it's an encourage- 
ment to them. But most of all, 
support your missionaries daily 
in prayer. 


Foreign Missions 

Copy Machine for GBFM 

home office 
Goal: $9,000. 
Due Date: 

Send before June 10. 1987 
The National offering for 
March. April, and May goes to 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 
A new copy machine is desperate- 
ly needed in the Winona Lake. In- 
diana, home office of FMS. Our 
project will enable the staff to pur- 
chase a copier that will aid in the 
production of newsletters, can- 
didate information, and general 
office paperwork. 

Also, at this time of the year the 
Missionaries of the Year Offer- 
ing is emphasized. This offering 
may be given in the month of 
your birthday or during the 
special emphasis. The money 
goes toward the support of WMC 
Missionaries of the Year, honoring 
their years of service. We suggest 
a minimum of $1.50 a year per 
Send before June 10. 1987 

Missionaries of the Year 
for 1986-87: 

Mrs. Susan Griffith. France 

Miss Edna Haak. W. Germany 

Mrs. Dorothy Maconaghy. ret. 

Miss Carol Mensinger. C.A.R. 

Mrs. Jean Zielasko. Brazil 

ERALD/ March 1987 



How to Help when 
Someone is Hospitalized 

by Raeann Hart 

Helpless is the feeling we often experience when 
someone close to us is hospitalized. Prayer is a vital 
tool in ministering to a friend or church member 
who is in the hospital, but in what practical ways 
can we also minister to the family? Here are several 
suggestions that have come from those who have 
experienced such personal tragedies. 

1 . When offering assistance, be specific and 
practical. Do not just say, "Let me know if there 
is anything I can do to help." Offer to clean the 
refrigerator, mow the lawn, vacuum and dust the 
house, wash the car, rake leaves or shovel snow. 
There are many everyday household chores that 
will be left undone while the family spends as 
much time as possible at the hospital with their 
loved one. 

2. Be a good steward with food gifts. A friend 
groaned while telling me about the gallon of 
homemade soup she received, though she ap- 
preciated the thought. Give gifts that can be cut 
into smaller portions and frozen. Suggestions in- 
clude: shaved ham with buns; cookies and 
brownies; lazagna wrapped in individual foil 
packages, fancy frozen TV dinners; coffee cake that 
freezes well. Whenever possible, give food gifts in 
disposable containers that do not have to be 
cleaned and returned to you. Consider supplying 
the refrigerator with fresh fruit, milk, juice, eggs, 
butter and bread. 

Bring a small basket of fruit with cheese and 
crackers to the hospital for those spending time 
in the waiting room. 

3. Gift certificates and cash gifts are 
welcome. A young couple whose infant son spent 
months in intensive care said, "After a day at the 
hospital, we were often too tired to even put 

something in the microwave. Gift certificates for 
pizza or a meal were so helpful. It gave us a chance 
to enjoy a meal before we returned home to the 
house that was empty without our son's presence." 
Monetary gifts designated for meals are also 

4 . Try to make the hospital waiting room a 
pleasant place. A friend who spent weeks in an 
out-of-town hospital after her husband's heart at- 
tack said she would have loved to have received a 
hometown newspaper. "I read and read the big city 
news and felt so far away from home. I read every 
magazine I could get my hands on and would have 
loved a 'fresh' one." 

5. Send photographs and cards. Send 
photographs of young children who are not 
allowed to visit the hospital room or send a photo 
of your Sunday School class. A teenage friend 
plastered his hospital room walls with cards and 
photographs of friends to remind himself that 
others cared that he recovered from his accident 
and were praying for him. 

6. Give the comfort that you have received 
from Christ. II Corinthians 1:3-7 states, "Praise be 
to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the 
Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can 
comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we 
ourselves have received from God. For just as the 
sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also 
through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are 
distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if 
we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which pro- 
duces in you patient endurances of the same suf- 
ferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, 

because we know that just as you share in our suf- 
ferings, so also you share in our comfort" US 


HERALD/ March 198 


Too Young to Die 

by Diane Eble 

Suicide seems like an easy out to teenagers 
who aren't yet ready to cope with life. 

By all accounts. 15-year-old Don Nelson 
seemed a typical teenager. Thus no one knows 
for sure why. on April 14, 1985, he shot himself 
with his father's gun. There are only clues, 

None of the socialfactors suicide experts point 
to -family breakdown, mobility, drug or alcohol 
abuse - applied to the Nelsons, a close-knit 
family living in a quiet neighborhood outside 
Iowa City. Married for 25 years, Jack and Beth 
Nelson lived in the same house all of Don's brief 
life, a roomy ranch house Jack built when there 
was nothing but cornfields around. 

"Don had plenty of friends. Neighborhood kids 
were always here," his family says. Just hours 
before he took his life, he helped a neighbor till 
his garden. His death seemed so sudden. 

Don Nelson's tragic death is yet one more 
statistic to be added to the nearly 6,000 teen 
suicides reported yearly in the United States. As 
many as two million people between the ages of 
13 and 19 will attempt suicide each year, accord- 
ing to Dr. Seymour Perlin, board chairman of the 
National Youth Suicide Center in Washington, DC. 

"The actual suicide rate is much higher than 
6,000 per year," claims Mitch Anthony, executive 
director of the Suicide Prevention Center in 
Rochester, Minnesota. "I would estimate it at more 
like 20,000. This is because many accidents -- cur- 
rently the leading cause of death among teenagers 
- are really suicides that are reported as accidents. 
I know of a woman whose son hung himself. Even 
as he hung by the rope, the police officer asked her 
if she wanted him to report it as an accident. I have 
interviewed funeral directors who have confirmed 
that many so-called accidents were really 

Besides the actual numbers, the rate of increase 
is alarming. Between 1950 and 1977, the suicide 
rate among adolescents quadrupled for males and 
almost doubled for females. Overall, suicide in 
adolescents has tripled in the last ten years and 
is most likely the leading cause of death among 
young people. 

Nor are Christians immune. Says one youth 
pastor in an evangelical church: "Out of the 30 
kids in my youth group, I counsel about 3 or 4 a 
year who are suicidal." It is not always the kids 
who have obvious problems who become suicidal, 
either. Says the same youth pastor: "One of the 
girls who confessed to being suicidal was looked 
up to by all the other kids in the group as being 

Some Christian teenagers, whose faith is just 
beginning to solidify, may be even more suscepti- 
ble to suicidal thoughts than unbelievers, says Tom 
Burklow, director of Pastoral Counseling Center (a 
division of Youth for Christ) in Wayne, New Jersey. 
"Christian kids may feel like they want to be in 
heaven with Jesus or with a loved one who died. 
Or their sensitized consciences may lead them to 
feel so bad about themselves because of their sins 
that they begin to believe they deserve to die." 

Pressure Points 

What makes a Don Nelson four times more like- 
ly to kill himself in 1986 than in 1955? The 
reasons are complex. Experts point to a number 
of social factors: the breakdown of the family, drug 
and alcohol abuse, and increased influences of the 
mass media (some rock songs, such as AC/DC's 
"Shoot to Kill," actually encourage suicide: and 
suicide is sometimes romanticized when it is 
dramatized on television and in the press). 

The Suicide Prevention Center's Anthony points 
to another change that the news media often ig- 
nores: increasing sexual activity at ever-younger 
ages. "When a teenager breaks up with someone 
he or she was sexually involved with, it's like a 
divorce. Divorce is hard enough for adults to han- 
dle; for kids it can be devastating." 

Such cultural changes have tremendously in- 
creased the upheaval of growing-up years - years 
traditionally characterized by emotional, social, in- 
tellectual, and spiritual instability. 

Can't Handle the Pain 

"Looking back, we can see that Don became too 
involved with Susan," says Beth. "He wouldn't 
talk about his relationship with Susan - it was 

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very private," says Don's sister Joyce. "But that's 
normal for that age," she adds. "We didn't think 
anything of it." 

Don's girlfriend, the youngest daughter of a 
Plymouth Brethren family who lived notfarfrom 
the Nelsons, is a year older than Don. Susan and 
Don met when she was a freshman in high 
school. During the first summer of their romance, 
Susan's parents were away for three weeks. "We 
got real close," she says. "We could talk about 
anything." The closeness didn't last. There were 
jealous reactions, fits of temper, and breakups 
that lasted a day. 

One Saturday, Don and Susan had another 
fight, and the next day Don called her. "He was 
in a dreary mood," she remembers. 'I had to get 
off the phone to get ready for church. Later he 
called me at my sister's. I told him. 'Don, this isn't 
working out. I think we'd better break up.' 

"He said. 'My whole life is you. I don't want to 
live without you.' Don dared me to hang up on 
him. He said, 'You'll be sorry if you do,' and 'quit 
trying to forget about me because it won't work.' 
Finally I did hang up on him - after he said, 
'You'd better buy a black dress, because the next 
time you see me you'll be wearing it.'" 

Don kept his word. 

"The issue isn't pressure so much as the fact 
that kids aren't learning coping skills," says Ron 
Hutchcraft, executive director of Metro New York 
Youth for Christ. "Many, many kids these days 
don't have role models for handling pain. So they 
may take a drug or alcohol to sedate the pain - or 
they might try suicide, the ultimate sedative. If 
they are protected from handling the painful con- 
sequences of their actions, they don't learn how to 
stand up to pressure." 

Lacking those coping skills, many teenagers see 
suicide as an option. In one study, 34 percent of 
teenagers said they "seriously considered" suicide; 
32 percent said they had made plans; and 14 per- 
cent said they had made an attempt. Another 
study found 20 percent of teens claimed they were 
"empty, confused, and would rather die than live." 
A survey of high school and college students asked 
the question, "Do you ever think suicide among 
young people is an option?" Forty-nine percent 
said "yes." 

Though suicidal adolescents come from all 
socioeconomic levels, they all show certain 
behavioral characteristics that a discerning adult 
can see and recognize: they often lack problem- 
solving or coping skills; they exhibit tunnel vision 
when asked to examine alternatives to problems 
(drugs or suicide seem like the "only" solutions). 

Those who are successfully working to prevent 
teenage suicide, therefore, attack it by teaching 
young people positive ways to cope with problems. 
"Programs that merely teach teens facts about 

suicide are more destructive than helpful," says 
Anthony. Talking about suicide publicly always 
carries the subtle danger that it makes suicide 
seem like an option. "I tell kids bluntly, 'Suicide 
is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. 
It's like cutting off your leg because your little toe 

Joy Johnson, associate professor at the Univer- 
sity of Illinois School of Social Work in Chicago, 
agrees with Anthony. In her private practice, she 
has treated many suicidal youths. "I don't believe 
in anything that gives kids the message that 
suicide is an option. I will talk with them forever 
about how awful they feel, about how they feel 
they've been ripped off. But I won't get into an 
argument with them about how much they have 
to live for. Because if they disagree with me on that 
point, it will seem to them that killing themselves 
is an option. Instead, I tell kids that suicide is an 
act of hostility and an act of cowardice. I tell them 
directly, 'I didn't know you were such a chicken.' 
Kids will do anything to avoid being called a 

Both Anthony and Johnson advocate a 
therapeutic milieu in schools and churches, an at- 
mosphere in which everyone watches out for one 
another. "It doesn't really help for anyone to try 
to figure out if a person is really suicidal," says 
Johnson. "What does help is when everyone wat- 
ches out for the kids who are hurting, who are 
undergoing stress. And getting those kids some 
kind of help, whether it's a stress support group 
in which they can talk over problems and feelings 
with friends or a professional counselor." 

Such a therapeutic milieu is especially impor- 
tant when there is an actual suicide, since one 
suicide attempt will often set off a chain reaction. 

Too Subtle 

Don's mother finds it hard to believe that he 
once attempted suicide by cutting his arms 
without her knowing. But many times a suicide 
attempt is unnoticed by the family. The clues are 
so subtle that it is difficult to distinguish them 
from the normal ups and downs of adolescence. 

"The last few weeks before the incident, Don 
was pretty grouchy and a little down," his mother 
remembers. "I thought it had to do with his sinus 
and stomach problems. In fact, on Friday, two 
days before the incident, he said, 'Mom, I wish 
I started to feel better.' I told him, 'Monday we'll 
go to the doctor.'" But Monday never came for 

"Most families will say, 'It was so impulsive, so 
sudden, there were no warning signs," says An- 
thony. "But when I list the warning signs, and ask, 
'did the person eat or sleep too much, or too little? 
did the person become withdrawn? was there a 
marked personality difference?' - then they can 


HERALD/ March 198 


look back in retrospect and say 'I guess there were 
some warning signs.' Parents are often the last to 
know what is going on." 

Thus, pastors, parents, teachers, and other con- 
cerned people should watch out for young people 
who are in these high risk categories: 

Those who have gone through, or are go- 
ing through, a family crisis. About 71 per- 
cent of young people who attempt suicide are from 
broken homes. Close to 75 percent of teens from 
broken homes reported, when questioned in one 
study, that they felt guilty and responsible for the 
divorce. Divorce can be a stimulus to a suicide at- 
tempt because a child may feel that if he were "out 
of the way," things just might work out. Of the 29 
percent of suicide attempters who come from un- 
broken homes, many are living in very troubled 
family situations. 

Those who have abused drugs or alcohol 
themselves or witnessed substance abuse 
In their families. In over 50 percent of suicides 
or suicide attempts, drugs are either part of the 
person's history or part of the actual attempt. 

Those who have been abused physically , 
sexually, verbally, or through neglect. 
Although no statistics are available, counselors 
and researchers comment on the especially high 
correlation between teenage girls who have been 
sexually abused and those attempting or con- 
templating suicide. 

Those teens who are not living at home 
with their natural parents. "Over and over 
again, I hear from kids who have been sent to live 
in a foster home or with a relative, 'My family 
would be better off without me - look, they got rid 
of me,'" says Mitch Anthony. 

Those who have had a significant loss or 
are facing the anniversary of a significant 
loss (death, divorce, breakup of a romance 
— especially when there has been sexual 
Involvement - or family bankruptcy). Any 
loss of relationship or a major blow to the ego can 
precipitate a crisis. The key question to ask is 
"What does this loss mean to the person?" 

Those who have previously attempted 
suicide. Four out of five young people who kill 
themselves this year will have attempted suicide 
before. (Of course, we do not always know about 
previous attempts. One girl reported, "I took some 
pills and got real sick. I didn't tell anyone. My 
parents and everyone at school thought I just had 
the flu.") About 12 percent of those who attempt 
suicide this year will try again and succeed within 
two years. "The main thing," says Joy Johnson, 
"is to prevent that first attempt. We know now that 
if we can get a kid who is temporarily suicidal not 
to make that first attempt, the likelihood is we can 
keep that person alive." A suicide attempt should 
always be regarded as a serious cry for help. 

Those who have a history of suicide 
among family or friends. This is probably due 
more to negative role modeling than to genetics, 
says Steve Lansing, director of counseling at the 
National Suicide Help Center. When suicide 
becomes the way a significant other deals with 
stress, it can seem like an option to a troubled teen. 

Those who feel pressure to excel. The 
pressure may be external - parents who push kids 
to succeed, often beyond their abilities. Or it can 
be internal - teens who are perfectionistic and 
highly self-critical. This indicator occurs most 
often in the keen, intellectual, articulate achiever. 
(It may also be the most prevalent among Chris- 
tian young people, when knowledge of God's stan- 
dards and a sense of their own sinfulness become 
distorted.) Despite this type's successes, they never 
feel life is satisfying, because things do not 
measure up to their own standards. (Such a per- 
son may have trouble accepting that only God is 
perfect and that human beings will make 
mistakes.) When people seem to hate themselves 
for making mistakes, steps should be taken to help 
them set realistic goals and cope with disappoint- 
ment and failure. 

Afraid to Act 

"Don would scare me sometimes," says Susan. 

"He wouldn't say much, just get this look on his 

face and clench his jaw. Maybe slam a locker. Or 

get on his moped or a friend's motorcycle and 

drive as fast as he could." 

Susan remembers that the last couple of 
months were very rocky. "One day he showed me 
his arms, where he'd cut himself up. I asked him 
why he did that. Didn't he know I cared? He just 
said he was angry. He wouldn't say about what. 
I was scared. I didn't know what to do or say. I 
told him not to hurt himself. Another time he told 
me, 'One night I stood in front of a mirror with 
a gun.' 

"I was telling him that we couldn't work out 
together. He was telling me he couldn't live 
without me." Susan didn't know what to say, so 
she just let it slide. 

"Friends and family members who spot suicidal 
signs should not be afraid of confronting the per- 
son," says Mitch Anthony. "Trust your intuition. 
People who are suicidal want to be rescued. They 
don't really want to die: they just don't know how 
to keep living with all that pain. Another person 
can help them deal with the pain." 

"Most teenagers who plan a suicide attempt 
want to be stopped," agrees Tom Burklow. "And 
they will appoint someone to discover their inten- 
tions and save them." 

"Virtually every suicidal person I've dealt with 
is ambivalent," Burklow continues. "One part of 
the person wants to live: another part wants to die. 

ERALD/ March 1987 



In intervention, you want to try to tip the balance 
toward choosing life." 

"In confronting a troubled person, don't be afraid 
to be direct," says Anthony. "Say, 'I've noticed that 
you've seemed troubled lately. Let's talk about it.' 
At some point you can ask, 'Have you ever thought 
of suicide?'" Normalizing thoughts of suicide will 
often relieve the person's anxiety and actually 
diminish his or her compulsion to act. "Point out 
that it is common for people to feel so helpless and 
hopeless sometimes that they think about ending 
their lives. But that doesn't mean you have to act 
on it. Most of us have thought that at one time or 

The next step is to distinguish between suicidal 
thought and suicidal intent. To determine intent, 
ask, "How were you thinking of killing yourself?" 
State the question this way, rather than "How are 
you thinking of doing it?" By using the past tense 
you communicate that you and the person are go- 
ing to move past thoughts of suicide to positive 

The person's answer to that question will in- 
dicate the degree of intent. The more developed the 
plan, the higher the degree of risk. The final ques- 
tion Anthony advises posing in an intervention is 
"Are you seriously contemplating suicide right 
now?" By asking this question you will find that 
some have moved past this way of thinking, others 
are just beginning to reach this mindset, and still 
are locked in the middle. 

A Job for a Professional 

"It's important to get a suicidal person to a pro- 
fessional who knows how to make an assessment 
and who can work with such a person," says Joy 
Johnson. "It's important not to try to do too much 
on your own." One woman tells how her 17-year- 
old son told six people, including the parents of his 
girlfriend, that he was thinking of killing himself. 
They thought they talked him out of it and he 
would be okay. But six days before his eighteenth 
birthday and his high-school graduation he hung 

A very effective preventive program Joy Johnson 
uses is called networking, and can be initiated by 
any parent or concerned adult and incorporated 
into any church or school program. "If I know 
about a person who is suicidal, I will find five 
adults who care whether that person lives or dies. 
I will say to them, 'It is my judgment that Barbara 
is in danger of hurting herself and needs to have 
someone with her at all times.'" Those five people 
will rearrange their schedules to take turns to be 
with Barbara so that for the next four days some- 
one is always within eight feet of her. 

This action does two powerful things. First, it is 
a tremendous caring statement to the teen. It says, 
"There are five people who care enough to 

rearrange their whole schedules to see that you 
don't hurt yourself." Second, it's a bother. "Kids 
don't like it after a very short while. Any 
manipulative motives that may have been mixed 
up in their suicide intent get drummed out rather 
quickly," Johnson says. "And I tell them, 'If you 
think this is bad, it's worse in the hospital.' Before 
long they begin to see that there are better ways 
to deal with their problems." 

George's Three Bullets 

Professional help notwithstanding, the power of 
any caring intervention is great. Mitch Anthony tells 
of George, one of the most high-risk teenagers An- 
thony has encountered in the rap sessions that are 
part of his high-school suicide-prevention program: 

Five years before George attended one of An- 
thony's rap sessions, George's father had killed 
himself. George believed that when he himself 
died, he would be met by a great light and could 
have any question answered. "What would your 
question be?" Mitch asked. "I would ask my 
father why he killed himself" George whispered. 

"I was scared," says Mitch. "With a belief like 
that, there seemed nothing to keep him from get- 
ting his question answered." Especially because 
George had it all planned: He had a loaded gun 
rigged in his room so that one pull of a string 
would end the last five years of pain and ques- 
tioning. And he carried two more bullets with 
him to remind him he had an escape. 

After the rap session, Anthony walked George 
and his girl friend to his car. He told George, "You 
know, I really believe if you would get rid of those 
three bullets you would be crossing over the line 
from death to life." 

"Those bullets are my only safety valve," said 

"Well, would you at least commit yourself to 
reading this book?" Anthony asked, handing him 
a copy of his book Seven Reasons to Keep on 
Living, which presents the gospel as the foun- 
dation for purpose in life. 

George agreed to read the book. Mitch Anthony 
prayed - hard. 

That evening, after Anthony's talk to the 
parents of the teenagers who had heard his 
presentation earlier that day in school - a 
woman approached him. tears in her eyes. "I'm 
George's mother - thank you," she said. "George 
gave me this envelope to give you." 

In the envelope were three bullets. S3 

About the author: Diane Eble is assistant editor of 
Campus Life magazine and author of the forthcoming book 
for teenagers entitled LD. (Tyndale House). Names and 
personal details in this article have been changed to protect 
the privacy of individuals discussed. 

Reprinted with permission from Christianity Today. 


HERALD/ March 191 J 


Love Has Come 

The Stuttgart, Germany church will be transferred to 
the leadership of Rainer Ehmann and the assistantship 
of Eberhard Dahm on April 5. 

"They are the core of leadership in the Stuttgart Ger- 
many church and their character is impeccable. We've 
worked hard. I've worked hard with them in the last 
several years to help them grow as teachers of the Word 
of God, as leaders and as people who relate well to peo- 
ple," said Roger Peugh, 18 year missionary to Germany. 

"Eberhard gave a sermon the last Sunday in 
December on suffering. He stated things like, 'God's 
purpose in suffering is to refine us . . . Suffering is a 
real thing in everyday living . . . The ultimate goal of 
suffering is to conform us into the image of Christ.' He 
said, 'Everyone will suffer somehow,' and gave illustra- 
tions from his own life. 

"I think what impressed me so much is that there are 
people who can talk about suffering from an intellec- 
tual standpoint. They can give all the right answers and 
say all the right words about what suffering causes. 
They can look up all the right Bible verses and give all 
the proof texts, but you know by how they are present- 
ing it, by the spirit of their presentation, that they've not 
experienced it. There isn't the broken humility. Eberhard 
had that broken spirit. People knew who heard him,. He 
not only said the right words, there was the right spirit 
conveyed with what he said. And of course, the sermon 
is far more than the words. The sermon is the man. I 
think everyone began to realize the depth of this 
23-year-old man in front of them. 

"Rainer is 27. He has strong intellectual gifts and the 
ability to come to fairly quick conclusions about human 
relationships and problems. He's called upon a lot for 
counsel and he gives good advice. 

"Many Germans have been raised in an argumen- 
tative atmosphere which makes them very pushy in 
character. Many live with this thing that they always 
have to be right. Even if they are proven wrong, they're 
right. Rainer is the opposite. He has such a teachable 
spirit and it has been very gratifying to work with him," 
said Roger. 

What changes have taken place in the church in the 
last couple of years? "I think what's happened in the 
last two years is that Christ has become central in His 

"The prayer ministry in the congregation has over- 
whelmed us. The good part about it is that I have not 
organized any of those days of prayer. Every home 
group is filled with prayer. During every midweek 
meeting on Thursday night we used to have trouble get- 
ting people to pray for ten minutes. Now we have to stop 
praying at 20 or 25 minutes so we have time for Bible 
study. It just goes on and on. When we schedule an 
evening of prayer there's no stopping it. That's God. It's 
God working. 

"Another change is that love has come. It's an incredi- 
ble thing to see Germans, so often known for coolness 

or abrasiveness, caring about each other and really lov- 
ing each other. It has been my observation that most 
German young people have not been loved, hugged or 
accepted in their childhoods. They were criticized and 
didn't know how to show love. That continued into 
adulthood. Now a number of men in our church em- 
brace very openly when they see each other. German 
men are very rigid and very staid, but embracing has 
become a thing of warmth. They've gotten used to it. 

Rainer speaking at National Conference in 1985. 

"I see more affection shown in their marriages. I see 
young women embracing each other and even older 
women getting into the act. It's become a sweeping 
thing in the congregation, but that's coupled together 
with love for God, demonstrated in prayer. 

"If I see anything in the church in Stuttgart that just 
thrills me it is that the church has Jesus where He ought 
to be. He's in their hearts. He's in their midst. He's in 
their actions. He's in their words. His presence is evi- 
dent and you just see it everywhere," said Roger. "It's 
a growing combination of everything a church ought to 

Medical Work Key To 
Pygmy Ministry 

Open sores ooze with milky looking infections. Black 
stomachs bloat and bulge from internal parasites. A 
crumpled man propels himself forward along the rust 
colored road with his hands. His legs drag behind. 

An energetic little girl with deep brown eyes pounds 
a rock with a stick. The growth on her neck is so large 
that you cannot tell she even has a neck. 

SRALD/ March 1987 



"Medical work is the key to sharing the Gospel with 
the Pygmies in the Central African Republic," said Tom 
Stallter, Africa Director. 

"We cannot ignore these physical needs if we want 
the Pygmies to hear the Gospel. Without a sincere 
display of compassion, the Gospel would be mean- 
ingless to them. Sooner or later they would find out that 
we had doctors and medicine and that we could have 
helped them and didn't. They would say, 'Why didn't 
you help us before? If this Gospel you shared with us 
were true, then you would have helped us first'. 

"Medical work is the way we have gained confidence 
and respect with physically needy people in the past. 
Then when we preached, our messages were accepted. 

"In the beginning there were far more converts from 
the medical work than from our local churches. Those 
statistics are reversed today, but we still have to begin 
in some of the same ways we began to reach the Cen- 
tral Africans in 1921," said Tom. 

"Our work with the Pygmies will be more primitive 
than any other work we've done in a good many years 
and I don't want people to lose sight of the fact that we're 
going into an unreached, uneducated, uncultured (in 
the sense that we call cultured) and primitive group. 

"In March, a team will be sent into an area where the 
Pygmy concentration is high. We will assess the situa- 
tion and research the people. Right now we don't real- 
ly know how many Pygmies there are or where they all 
live. We don't know how many subcultures there are. 
We don't know their language or languages. We don't 
know what they believe," said Tom. "But the key to 
reaching them is to show them compassion first." 

The Jungles 
Are Concrete 

George Johnson, 27 year missionary to Brazil, shook 
his head slowly and sorrowfully as he recalled the 
response that Grace College students gave when they 
were asked to name six words that described Latin 

Dirt. Drugs. Catholicism. Poverty. Overpopulation. 

What is Brazil like? "My response would be: friendly 
people, development, cars, inflation, water, standing in 
line, but mostly 136 million people who need Christ. In- 
terior works do exist, but the cities are the heart of Grace 
Brethren missions in Brazil," emphasized George. 

"The people in Brazil do not live in a closed society 
like America. It's nothing to pop over to someone's 
house for tea," said Ivanildo Trindade. 

"We have eight lane freeways, the #5 car industry in 
the world and 25 percent of the world's fresh water," 
said George, "but the tragedy is that there are so many 
people in Brazil who do not know Jesus Christ." 


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Earl Futch, veteran missionary to Argentina, also 
shakes his head as he recounts, "We've had so many 
questions about gauchos, jungles, Indians, thatched 
huts and animals, but that's not what Argentina, Brazil 
or Mexico is like. Our jungle is concrete like Detroit or 
Chicago and our work is basically with people in urban 

The Futches invest a lot of time in university students 
who are studying to be engineers, lawyers and doctors. 
"We tend to focus on them because each one has his 
mind set on a special career, but if we can work with 
them, God can redirect them," said Lita. 

What is Argentina like? It has been said, "An Argen- 
tine is unique in Latin America. It's Europe with a touch 
of Latin. An Argentine is a Spanish speaking Italian who 
lives in a French home and believes he's British." 

Awaiting Admission 

Betsy Morris, new missionary to England, has still not 
received a permanent entry status since her arrival at 
London's Heathrow Airport on October 23. 

Upon arriving at the airport, Betsy told immigration 
authorities that she would be working as a secretary. 
They informed her that she did not have a work permit 
and refused her entry (Immigration Act of 1971-Notice 
of Refusal of Leave to Enter). She explained that she 
would be working as a missionary, but they still refused 
to give her entry. 

Later that morning, John M. Taylor, an MP in the 
British Parliament, was contacted and informed of the 
details of Betsy's entry. He made an appeal to the Im- 
migration office asking that they "not effect removal" 
and that her case be "sympathetically" considered. 

Betsy was granted further temporary admission, but 
is still awaiting confirmation on her permanent entry 

I Got Out of His Way 
and Prayed 

When he introduced the special month giving em- 
phasis designed to help eliminate the field deficits in 
France and Africa, Pastor Bill Crabbs of the Brookville, 
Ohio GBC privately thought that "a huge $4,000" was 
all his congregation would be able to give. 

He had small foreign mission giving boxes distributed 
and asked people to sacrifice a meal, a candy bar or 
a special night out. 

"We made a pulpit announcement occasionally and 
wrote a few bulletin notes, but besides that we did not 
promote it in any way. 

"Frankly I began feeling guilty for not giving it more 
of my attention (but so often we pastors get wrapped 
up in promoting and pushing projects, most of which 
are well-deserved, that we stifle the Holy Spirit's work). 
So I got out of His way and prayed. 

"The results were astonishing! In three months we 
raised $7,470! One lady saved all her quarters. A 
gentleman opened a savings account at the bank so 
he could draw interest. The whole church got involved, 
but it occurred at the prompting of the Holy Spirit. 

"I stand amazed at what God is capable of doing. He 
alone deserves thanks for this great work," said Pastor 

The GBFM offering banks used by the Brookville 
church are available by contacting the Foreign Missions 


When they began looking for a place to have Bible 
study in Osaka, Japan, Ike and Nancy Graham asked 
us to pray that they would be able to find a location at 
a reasonable price. 

"We wanted a place that was cheap, yet nice and 
suitable for at least the 15 adults who attend our Bible 
study," said Ike. 

"Some people did not want to rent to a religious 
group, but we finally located a place for a $540 deposit 
and $180 a month rent for two hours each Sunday. That 
is a reasonable price here in Osaka. 

"However, we decided to try one more place which 
is close to our home and the train station. The owner 
agreed to let us use it on Sunday morning for free! Then 
he asked if he could attend the Bible study," exclaimed 

"We are overwhelmed, to say the least! In three 
months we have experienced three fantastic events. 
First, our Bible study has grown to 15 adults. Second, 
we have a place to meet free of charge. Thirdly, the 
owner of the building asked us what we thought of put- 
ting a cross on a building he is planning to construct 

ERALD/ March 1987 



and using it as a church! This is something that 
churches work for for ten years here in Japan. 

"Thank you Lord for such a wonderful gift," said a 
very jubilant Ike Graham. 

Startling Statistics 

— Argentina claims the 2nd largest Jewish popula- 
tion outside of Israel. 

— There are three main ethnic groups in the Philip- 
pines: the Filipinos, the Chinese and the Muslims. 

— 7,000 people per week are taking their names off 
church rolls in Holland. That means that by the end of 
1987, 364,000 people will have left the church in a coun- 
try of 14 million. 

— Over 700 people accepted Christ and 1,000 
rededicated their lives through the medical ministries 
in the Central African Republic in 1986. 

— Grace Brethren Foreign Missions has missionaries 
in the two largest cities in the world: Mexico City — 
population 10,610,000 and Tokyo — population 8,170,000. 

Grace College 
Faculty Positions 

The Department of Nursing at Grace Col- 
lege in Winona Lake. Indiana, has openings 
for three full-time faculty members. Ap- 
plicants must have a Masters Degree in Nurs- 
ing and clinical work experience in the areas 
of psychiatric, maternal-child health, and/or 
medical-surgical nursing. Work experience in 
more than one of these fields would be a plus. 

Interested applicants meeting the above 
qualifications should contact Rozella 
Sherman, Chairperson, Department of Nurs- 
ing, Grace College, 200 Seminary Drive, 
Winona Lake, Indiana, 46590, or call her for 
additional information at 1-800-544-7223 
(outside Indiana) or 1-800-845-2930). 

Grace College is a four-year coeducational 
accredited Christian school of arts and 
sciences committed to high-quality educa- 
tion within the framework of Christian truth. 

Pastoral Staff Position 

The Winona Lake Grace-Brethren Church is 
looking for a man to fill a pastoral staff position 
specializing in adult ministries -- Christian Educa- 
tion and Discipleship-Evangelism. If interested 
contact Pastor Charles Ashman, 1200 Kings 
Highway, Winona Lake, IN 46590 or 219-267-6623 
(daytime, Tuesday-Friday). 


Consultation Group 
Meets at Winona 

A group of pastors and members of the boards 
of the National Fellowship met February 10-12 at 
Winona Lake, Indiana for a time of informal con- 
sultation on concerns of the Fellowship. The three 
days of meetings were marked by prayer and 
discussion about the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. Rev. Tom Julien, Moderator of the 
Fellowship served as chairman for the sessions. 

The following persons were present: Tom Julien, 
Moderator, and Charles Ashman, Conference 
Coordinator. Pastors: Ed Cashman of Bellflower, 
CA: Jim Custer, Columbus. OH; Jim Dixon. 
Washington DC; Don Farner, Sunnyside, WA; Bob 
Fetterhoff, Wooster, OH: Luke Kauffman, 
Myerstown, PA: Richard Mayhue, Long Beach, CA; 
David Miller, Long Beach, CA; Paul Mutchler, Fort 
Lauderdale, FL; Roger Peugh, Germany; David 
Plaster, Winona Lake, IN; John Teevan, Ashland, 
OH; Richard DeArmey, Columbus, OH; Jesse 
Deloe, Washington, D.C.: Dean Fetterhoff, Atlanta, 
GA; Howard Mayes, Dayton, OH and John Mayes, 
Longview, TX. 

The Fellowship Boards were represented by Bob 
Thompson, Ed Lewis, John Davis, Charles Turner 
and Sherwood Durkee. 

Items of concern for discussion were the essen- 
tial identifying element of the Fellowship, revival, 
strength and weaknesses of the Fellowship, the 
essential mission as we approach the 90s, restora- 
tion of stronger loyalties, and continuing 
fellowship on the basis of our past conference 

The sessions were marked by a high level of in- 
terest and good fellowship. As representatives went 
into the concluding sessions, there were expres- 
sions of expectations and good prospects for the 

Help Wanted 

Grace Schools, Inc., in Winona Lake, Indiana, 
has a position open for an auto mechanic. The 
successful candidate must be able to perform 
duties necessary to maintain school-owned 
vehicles including automobiles, vans, buses, trac- 
tors, and related attachments and equipment. Ex- 
perience in welding and body shop work is also 
desired. For information, write to: Marlin Rose, 
Director of Physical Plant, Grace Schools, Inc., 
200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana, 
46590, or telephone toll free 1-800-54-GRACE 
(outside Indiana) or 1-800-845-2930 (inside 


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DURELL: Toni Wells and Daniel 
Durell, December 13, 1986, Leon 
Brethren Church, Leon, IA. Glen 
Welborn, pastor. 

KNOEDLER: Sheryl Nissley and 
Marc Knoedler, December 20, 1986, 
Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, WV. Harry Non- 
nemacher officiated the ceremony. 
Carl Baker, pastor. 

RAMIREZ: Carlos and Stephanie, 

December 20. 1986, Grace Brethren 
Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL. J. Paul 
Mutchler, pastor. 

SCHMITZ: Suzanne Isabelle and 
James Schmitz, January 17, 1987, 
Grace Brethren Church, Irasburg, 
VT. John Snow, pastor. 

SNYDER: Barbara Cook and Her- 
man Snyder, October 3 1986, Grace 
Brethren Church, Palmyra, PA. 
Gerald Allebach, pastor. 


FILES, FLOYD A. September 15, 
1986. He was a member of the 
Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 

HEWITT, HAROLD. He joined the 
Grace Brethren Church of Kent, WA, 
in 1953 and served in various posi- 
tions in the local church, as well as 
on district and national conference 
committees. Jack Rants, pastor. 

WEBER, J. THOMAS. August 23, 
1986. He was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Palmyra, 
PA. Gerald Allebach, pastor. 


LARRY BLACK, (pg. 94) is the pastor 
of the new Shade Grace Brethren 
Church in Central City, PA. 

DAVE GASTON'S, (pg. 100) 
telephone number is 216/323-3236. 
(pg. 61 — treasurer for the Mid- 
Atlantic District) should be 140 Snider 
Ave., Apt. 1, Waynesboro, PA 17268. 


THOMAS HUGHES, (pg. 104), 17 

Calle Por Los Caballos, Tijeras, NM 

87059 (Tel. 505/281-3196). 

MRS. DAVID KOONTZ, (pg. 38), 

R.R. #3, Box 44, Warsaw, IN 46580. 

Chaplain (Major) JOHN PATRICK, 

(pg. 111), 202-B Riverside St., 

Ft. Monmouth, NJ 07703. 

LARRY RICHESON'S, (pg. 112) 

phone number should be: 


CASHEL TAYLOR, (pg. 36), R.R. #9, 
Box 123, Warsaw, IN 46580. 

TIM WAGGONER, (pg. 118), BR 240, 
Bangui, Central African Republic. 

MAKAKILO, HI: (pg. 77), the church 
mailing address is: P.O. Box 2097, 
Ewa Beach, 96707; and the location 
of the church is: 95-575 Wailoa, 
Mililani Town, HI. 

the name of the boulevard should be 

JOHN SNOW'S, (pg. 115) phone 
number should be: 802/334-5184. 



Glen Welborn has announced his 
resignation at the Leon, Iowa Brethren 
Church. Glen has been pastor of the 
work for about 27 years. He has had 
one of the longest active pastorates 
during this period of time. 


The Reverend Earl L. (Buck) Sum- 
mers has recently resigned as pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Chambersburg, PA. He founded the 
church in August 1975, after it began 
as a home bible study. Two building 
programs have taken place under his 
ministry. The attendance now runs 
about 150. For eight years he has 
hosted a radio broadcast 'A Summers 

Buck intends to remain in the 
Chambersburg area with his wife, 
Barb, and their four sons. Summers 
is self-employed as a lecturer, consul- 
tant and counselor. He is also 
involved in teaching and training both 
in secular and religious organizations. 

Summer is a member of the Chris- 
tian Association of Psychological 
studies, The American Association of 
Counseling and Development, The 
Association for Religious and Value 
Issues in Counseling, The National 
Association of Evangelicals and The 
National Fellowship of Grace Brethren 


The Sunday school in the Grace 
Brethren Church showed sharp 
decreases for the month of 
December. Churches with average at- 
tendances in the 220 to 700 range 
showed the largest decreases. There 
were 22 churches in this range report- 
ing for December and 17 of them 
reported losses ranging from 1 to 24 
percent. Gains in the group ranged 
from 1 to 9 percent. 

Churches in the average range of 
220 down showed better results. 
Some 161 churches reported and 72 
showed increases; 89 showed 
decreases. The reports issued each 
month by the Christian Education 
Department of The Grace Brethren 
Churches reports that the average at- 
tendance per Brethren Church report- 
ing is now 126. 


Grace Theological Seminary will 
sponsor two summer institutes for 
Christian school teachers and ad- 
ministrators during July. The 9th an- 
nual International Institute for 
Christian School Teachers is 
scheduled July 18-23 and the 17th 
annual International Institute of 
Christian School Administrators 
July 25-30. 

The seminary also offers its M.A. 
degree program in Christian School 

HERALD/ March 19M 


administration, with classes begin- 
ning June 15. The program may be 
taken in three consecutive summers 
or over a one-year period. 

Further information about either 
institute and a prospectus about the 
M.A. degree program are available 
from Dr. Roy W. Lowrie Jr., Director 
of Graduate Studies in Christian 
School Education, Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary, 200 Seminary Drive, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 


The National Religious Broad- 
casters report the continued boom 
in religious radio and television 
broadcasting. At the present time 
there are 1,370 radio stations with full 
or substantial religious content, up 
22 percent during the past ten years. 
The organization reports 221 
religious TV stations. This is up 71 
percent during the past five years. 
Ben Armstrong, the Executive 
Director of the Association calls this 
growth "a huge success story". The 
number of producers of religious 
radio programs has grown to 596 
with 414 producers in televison. 


There is still time to make your 
reservation for the 1987 Grace Bible 
Conference, which will be held this 
year in Winona Lake March 17-20. 
Call Leslie Murrill in the Grace 
Alumni office for details - 
1-800-54-GRACE (outside Indiana) 
or 1-800-845-2930 (in Indiana). 


Rev. Gordon W. Bracker, 71, went 
to be with the Lord on Wednesday, 
February 18, several days after heart 
surgery for a by-pass and valve 
repair. He died at Lutheran Hospital, 
Fort Wayne, IN. 

Gordon served for 48 years as a 
pastor, retiring in 1984. His ministry 
included Grace Brethren Churches 
in Elkhart, IN; Fremont, OH; Kittan- 
ing, PA; and Cleveland, OH. 

For a number of years, he also 
served as a director of the Grace 
Brethren Home Missions Council. 

Memorial services were held at 
Osceola, IN and Berne, IN, with 
burial at Berne on Feb. 21. 


The 1987 Brethren National Youth 
Conference will be held at Salisbury 
State College, August 1-7, 1987 
Sponsored by GBC Christian 
Education, the conference theme is 
"Totally Sold Out," a challenge to 
live lives 100 percent committed to 
Christ. Speakers for the week in- 
clude: Dave Bogue, youth pastor of 
the Columbus, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church; Roy Roberts with Prison 
Fellowship, USA; Greg Speck, youth 
specialist for Moody Bible Institute; 
and Pat Kelly, former major league 
baseball player for the Royals, 
Chicago White Sox, Baltimore 
Orioles and Cleveland Indians. 
Entertainment includes Farrell and 
Farrell and Isaac Air Freight, a Chris- 
tian comedy team. Cost for the week 
is $215 which includes a free trip to 
Ocean City, Maryland. Travel ar- 
rangements may be made through 
Group Travel Directors, Inc. at 
1-800-222-7907; conference dis- 
counts available. For more informa- 
tion about BNYC '87, write GBC 
Christian Education, Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 


GBC Christian Education praises 
God and thanks friends from across 
the nation for helping them recover 
from a 1985 year-ending loss of 
$48,000. Unaudited financial reports 
show a 1986 income over expenses 
of $30,791.66. "Our recovery was 
definitely the result of prayer and the 
generosity of people sharing our 
hearts for youth," said Ed Lewis, ex- 
ecutive director for CE. "It was 
another demonstration of God's in- 
volvement in this ministry and how 
He cares for our needs." 

Offering income for 1987 is 
budgeted at $120,000, compared to 
109,800.82 received in 1986. 


Many listeners in Florida, Indiana, 
and Pennsylvania have expressed 

interest in "Perspective," the Grace 
radio program syndicated in those 
areas, according to producer Dave 
Byland. More than 100 people have 
responded to the offer of a free copy 
of a book by Grace President Dr. 
John J. Davis, who teaches on the 
program. Dr. Davis presently is 
teaching from Psalm 63 and the next 
month will begin a series entitled 
"Contemporary Counterfeits," con- 
cerning modern-day cults. 

"Perspective" is still in need of 
local sponsorships from individuals 
or churches and groups of churches 
willing to support the cost of broad- 
cast. Additional stations in other 
parts of the country have agreed to 
add the program to their schedules 
once funding is found. 


"Churches not using the same Sun- 
day school curriculum from early 
childhood through high school 
would find greater continuity and a 
more strategic approach to teaching 
Bible content if they began using the 
same curriculum source throughout 
those age levels," says Ed Lewis, ex- 
ecutive director for GBC Christian 
Education. The comment is one 
reason the national Christian educa- 
tion office recently endorsed Scrip- 
ture Press curriculum for Grace 
Brethren churches. The endorse- 
ment allows Grace Brethren 
churches the freedom to choose 
their own curriculum publishers; but 
helps GBC Christian Education to 
focus on one publisher, becoming 
experts in that curriculum. The CE 
office is now prepared to answer 
questions concerning Scripture 
Press curriculum and will mail a free 
information packet upon request. In 
addition to a curriculum overview, 
the packet contains booklets on 
teaching philosophy and strategies 
for each age group: preschool, 
elementary, youth and adult. For the 
information write: GBC Christian 
Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 

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Religion in Review - page 20 



From Here to Eternity 
Winter Turns to Hope 

by Charles W. Turner 

If you live in Indiana, you 
learned the signs of spring very 
early in life. It means that you 
have survived another winter. 
Our winters do not have quite the 
same impact as those in Min- 
nesota, but we Hoosiers under- 
stand the word "winter". The 
days are short and the winds are 
brisk. Snow tends to thwart your 
movements and your desires. 
You tend to forget about taking 
walks and you miss fresh 
peaches on your cereal. The 
memory of seeing the sun in the 
sky can only be clarified by 
watching vacation commercials 
on television. They tell of flying 
off to the land of the sun . . . then 
you remember. 

There is relief from winter, but 
you spell it "Florida". If you have 
never been there in the winter, it 
is a place where every grain of 
sand is matched with a human 
body. It is a place where you see 
water, but you can't get close to 
it because of all the people. 

However, the first glimpse of a 
robin, a warm day and the 
melting snow begin to bring 
hope. There is also the move- 
ment of the earth and a green 
sprout announces that a tulip 
will soon be with you. The 
thought of the trees beginning to 
leaf and the fruit trees beginning 
to bud and flower with fragrant 
blossoms can make even a brisk 
March day seem better. The 
remembrance of the past year, 
when the corn grew high and the 
golden wheat moved so beauti- 
fully in response to the gentle 
winds, brings encouragement. 
Hope begins to spring! 

The signs of new life and the 
return of your pesty friend the 

chipmunk tells you that it is 
another growing season. Now 
there is a new hope and an air of 
expectation begins to mount. 
Then it happens . . . the first 
dandelion appears in your rapid- 
ly growing lawn. You realize that 
even spring is not perfect, but 
that matters very little to you. 
The hope is now reality. 

It is small wonder that with 
this movement of new life and 
new hope that God placed a 
special event to be remembered. 
We have entered the season of 
God's nature at work, but even 
more so. we are about to ex- 
perience God's great work of love. 
The account is filled with excite- 
ment and drama; love moves in 
the midst of hate and life 
becomes the victim of death on- 
ly to have life reappear. It is God 
coming face to face with 
mankind and asking, "Who do 
you think I am?" The frightening 
response of mankind is, "Away 
with Him." 

The season reminds us of a 
crime unmatched in the realms 
of history. The created seeks to 
destroy the Creator and following 
a mock trial there comes the mo- 
ment of crucifixion. Darkness, 

death, and finally burial crowd 
the mind and it seems to be all 
over. He had indeed come unto 
His own and they would not 
receive Him. 

With the bleakness of winter, 
there comes the spring of hope. 
The grave cannot contain Him, 
nor can the will of man. Christ, 
God's Son, breaks the darkness 
and the power of sin and death. 
Hope is now within the reach of 
mortal man. Where once the 
chill winds of sorrow and despair 
existed, there is something new 
— the hope and reality of new life. 

It is the power of Christ in 
death and resurrection that has 
brought the warm, refreshing 
winds of hope to all of us. He who 
dies can make a new creature of 
us. The broken will and seeking 
of forgiveness can and does 
restore the hope of a future with 
God. This is a new life, a life with 
Christ and an eternal life, 
because now we are in the fami- 
ly and we will share life with 
Him. The ties of sin are broken 
and the work of His death and 
resurrection makes it all 


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7 Chart of the 
English Bible 

American Bible Society 
9 Foreign Missions 

The Commitment 
is Tougher if We 
Don't Go 

Pete Huling 

10 Foreign Missions 

It's Official 

11 Foreign Missions 

Church Planting in 

12 Foreign Missions 

The First 

14 Grace Schools 

Student Academic 
Advising Center 

Joel Curry 
16 Brethren Personality 

Angie Garber 

Mary Thompson 
l,s WMC 

Note of 

20 Current Christian Issues 

Religion in Review 

Doug Trouten 
23 Christian Education 

A Passion for 

24 Home Missions 

The Lost in 

William Byers 
26 Home Missions 

Then and Now - 
Changes in Church 

Lester E. Pifer 

28 Board of Evangelism 

Total Mobilization 
of the Laity 

Ron Thompson & Juan 

30 Fellowship News 

Planning To Phone One of 
Our National Boards? 

Here's A Few Tips 

• The Winona Lake. Indiana offices operate on Eastern 
Standard Time year round Clocks do not move tor- 
ward or backward each spring and fall in our area 

• Most boards personnel go to lunch from 12 noon until 
1 p.m. Phone switchboard personnel are on duly dur- 
ing this time, but your chances of reaching the person 
you want will be better if you avoid the lunch hour, and 
even the time just prior to and right after lunch 

• Phone numbers for our national boards are on the 
inside front cover page of the Brethren Annual 

• Two of our organizations have toll-free numbers: 
Grace Schools: 1-800-54-GRACE (oubide Indiana) 

1-800-845-2930 (in (ncr.ina) 

Brethren Missionary Herald: 1-800- 348-27?! 

i re: Alaska) 

ERALD/ April 1987 

'I am the resurrection and the 
life. He who believes in me will 
live, even though he dies; and 
whoever lives and believes in me 
will never dier John 11:25,26 

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did 
not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the 
very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a 
man. he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross! God exalted 
him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name 
of Jesus every knee should bow. in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue 
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." 

Philippians 2:5-11 (N.I.V.) 


What lb do About 

by Richard W. De Haan 

J. he pressures of modern life can 

be staggering. Coping with competition, 

financial stress, family demands, 

tragedies, unscrupulous people, threats of 

terrorism or war, enticements to evil, 

and a host of other factors has become 

more and more difficult. 

An increasing number of men and women are 
struggling to maintain emotional stability. Today's 
teenagers seem to be especially affected. Chris- 
tians are not exempt. In fact, it seems that more 
Christians are experiencing emotional problems 
now than ever before. 

Does this mean, however, that we must cave in 
under the pressure of our circumstances? Must we 
become victims of our fast-paced and demanding 
society? Do we have to worry? 

I say, "Absolutely not!" 

We who are born again have the Spirit of God 
dwelling within. We have a living hope, an anchor 
for our souls. And we have the Bible. Gods Word, 
which gives us the instruction and encouragement 
we need to withstand the temptations and tensions 
of life. 

Experts tell us that worry originates not from the 
outside, but from within. It's not your job or your 
schedule, your commitments or other people that 
produce it; rather, it's how you respond to the ex- 
ternal pressures that lead to anxiety. When you 
analyze worry, you can see that it's really an in- 
ternal problem. That very fact places the respon- 
sibility for its control on you. 

Trust In The Lord 

The first step in overcoming worry is to learn to 
trust in the Lord. The person who is overwhelmed 
with worry is very likely trying to solve all his prob- 
lems and to meet all of life's demands in his own 
strength and wisdom. The wise person has 
learned to place his trust in God. I like what the 
psalmist wrote. "Why are you cast down. O my 
soul? And why are you disquieted within me? 
Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help 
of my countenance and my God" (Psalm 43:5). 

Please notice the three words. "Hope in God." 
That's good advice for all of us! The person who 
looks to the Lord has taken an indispensable step 
toward overcoming anxiety. 

Don't Forget To Pray 

A second means of overcoming worry is to pray. 
The apostle Paul gave us this wise counsel: 
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by 
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let 
your requests be made known to God: and the 
peace of God. which surpasses all understand- 
ing, will guard your hearts and minds through 
Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6,7). 

"If you want to test your memory, 
try to remember what you were 
worrying about a year ago." 

I realize that sometimes you don't feel like pray- 
ing. In fact, when you're down, the thought might 
even enter your mind, "What's the use? It won't 
do any good anyway." But friend, so often it's when 

JRALD/ April 1987 


you don't feel like praying that you need it 
the most. 

There's something about talking with God that 
removes anxiety. As you pour out your concerns 
to Him, you begin to see that in relation to His 
great power, wisdom, and love for you, your fears 
are not nearly so bad as you thought. The tensions 
you've kept bottled up inside are relieved. Yes, you 
feel better when you talk with God. 

Live By The Day 

Another way to overcome worry is to live one day 
at a time. Jesus said. "Therefore do not worry 
about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about 
its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own 
trouble" (Matthew 6:34). As a rule we've got our 
hands full with our present problems. So why take 
on tomorrow's troubles as well? 

"Why worry about our tomor- 
rows when God so graciously 
provides for our todays?" 

It's also true that much of what we worry about 
never happens anyway. How foolish, then, to be 
anxious over nothing! 

Remember God's Faithfulness 

A fourth way to overcome worry is to remember 
that God is faithful. The prophet Jeremiah 

Through the Lord's mercies we are not 
consumed, because His compassions fail not. 

They are new every morning; great is Your 
faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22,23). 

Every believer can testify to the great 
faithfulness of God. I like the way J. Danson Smith 
expressed it: 

Unto this day God has well undertaken; 

Unto this day He has kept by His grace; 
Why then should spirit or mind be now shaken. 
Though future pathways we may not now trace? 

Be Aware Of God's Presence 

Another suggestion to help you overcome worry 
is this: Remember that God is always with you. 
Reading the encouraging words of Hebrews 13:5,6 
can put your mind at ease. 

Being aware of God's presence is a most helpful 
antidote to worry. When I rest on the assurance of 
verse 5, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." 
I can confidently declare, "I will not fear. What 
can man do to me?" (v.6). I can be certain that 
there is no lonely road, no darkened house, no 
hospital waiting room, no place at all that He is 
not there to comfort, sustain, and strengthen me. 
Yes, child of God, be aware of God's presence. It can 
do wonders for you! 

"Your ulcers are not due to what 
you are eating, but what's eating 

Friend, don't let your concern about the future 
-- things that may not come to pass anyway -- rob 
you of your joy and peace today. 

Reprinted with permission from Discovery Digest. 


HERALD/ April 198 




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Greek Septuagint: The Old Testament was translated into 
Greek during the third and second centuries B.C. for Jews 
living outside of Palestine. The name "Septuagint" (Latin for 
70) reflects the tradition that it was translated in Egypt by 70 
elders in 70 sessions. It became the Bible of the first genera- 
tion of Christians to evangelize the Hellenistic world. 
Greek New Testament: Paul wrote his letters for the early 
Christians in Greek. Aramaic was the language spoken by 
Jesus, but the whole New Testament was written in Greek, 
the language of the Mediterranean world. By the end of the 
second century the Old and New Testaments in Greek were 
used by the church as a special group of sacred writings. 
Vulgate Bible: About 382 the Bishop of Rome asked Jerome 
to prepare a Latin translation of the Bible. Jerome's transla- 
tion came to be called the Vulgate or "common" Bible. It 
served as the official text for the Roman Catholic Church from 
the Council of Trent to the Second Vatican Council. 
Bede: Bede, the great historian of Anglo-Saxon England, 
began to translate portions of the Latin Vulgate Bible into the 
English of his day, because only the scholars could under- 
stand Latin. Legend says that he died as he was finishing the 
translation of the Gospel of John in 735. In the 10th and 11th 
centuries other translations were made of the Psalms and the 

Wycliffe: John Wycliffe led a movement of poor priests called 
Lollards, who preached to the people in their own language 
instead of the Latin used in the churches. He realized that 
a Bible in English was needed, and under his inspiration the 
first translation of the entire Bible into English was made from 
Latin about 1384. 

Luther: The Reformation brought a renewed demand for the 
Bible in the language of the people. Luther himself prepared 
the German translation (New Testament 1522, Old Testament 
1534). This was the first western European Bible not based 
on the Latin Vulgate, but on the original Hebrew and Greek 

Tyndale: When church authorities in England prohibited a 
new English translation, Tyndale went to Germany where he 
translated the New Testament from the original Greek. This 
first printed English New Testament was published in 1526. 
Copies were smuggled into England in shipments of grain and 
cloth, and frequently confiscated. Tyndale also translated por- 
tions of the Old Testament (Pentateuch 1530, Jonah 1531). Tyn- 
dale was betrayed, strangled and burned near Brussels. His 
work was so excellent that almost every English version since 
has been indebted to it. 

Coverdale: Coverdale, like Tyndale, fled to Germany to com- 
plete a translation of the Bible. He used Latin and German 
versions as well as Tyndale's New Testament and portions of 
the Old Testament. This was the first printed English Bible 
(1535). Matthew's Bible (1537) contained additional sections 
of Tyndale's unpublished work (through 2 Chronicles), and 
portions translated by Coverdale (Ezra to Malachi and the 
Apocrypha). A revision of Matthew's Bible by Coverdale was 
known as the Great Bible (1539). The Psalms of the Great 
Bible underlie the Psalter in the Book of Common Prayer. The 
Bishop's Bible (1568), which was a revision of the Great Bible 
prepared by Matthew Parker and others, served as the base 

for the revision ordered by King James. The Geneva Bible 
(1560), also a revision of the Great Bible, was produced by 
English Puritans in Geneva; it was dependent on the Latin 
Texts of Pagninus' Old Testament (1528) and Beza's New 
Testament (1556), and exerted a strong influence on the King 
James Bible. 

King James: The various versions of the Bible aroused so 
many arguments that James I, after the Hampton Court Con- 
ference, appointed 54 scholars to make a new version. It took 
about seven years to complete the work, a monument to the 
critical scholarship of the time. Despite the great variety of 
the men who worked on it, the translation was harmonious 
in style and beauty. It was first published in 1611, and soon 
became the most popular English Bible. 
Roman Catholic Versions: The New Testament published 
in Rheims (1582) and the Old Testament in Douai (1609-1610) 
were translated from the Latin Vulgate. These were revised 
by Bishop Challoner in 1749 and 1750. Ronald A. Knox 
prepared an independent translation of the Latin Vulgate text 
into modern English usage (New Testament 1944, Bible 1949). 
The Confraternity New Testament (1941) was also based on 
the Vulgate text, but it was influenced by Greek critical edi- 
tions as well. When a new translation of the Old Testament, 
based on the Hebrew text, was completed in 1970, it was 
published with a revision of the 1941 New Testament based 
on the Greek text, as the New American Bible. Meanwhile 
the Jerusalem Bible (1966), edited by A. Jones, was a fresh 
critical translation with notes, inspired by the French Bible de 
Jerusalem (1954). 

Later Revisions and Translations: For more than 250 years 
the King James Bible was supreme among English-speaking 
people. During the last 100 years, the knowledge from newly- 
discovered manuscripts, archeological discoveries and recent 
scholarship has led to its revision. The first "Revised Version" 
was published in England (1881-1885); a modification of this 
English Revised Version, the American Standard Version, was 
issued in 1901. Modern-speech versions of the early 20th cen- 
tury include those by Richard F. Weymouth (New Testament 
1903), James Moffatt (New Testament 1913, Bible 1924), J.M.P. 
Smith and E.J. Goodspeed (New Testament 1923, Bible 1927), 
and Helen Barrett Montgomery (Centenary New Testament 
1924). The last three decades have been characterized by 
an increase in the number of Bible translations. The Jewish 
Publication Society has revised its 1917 Old Testament with 
a new translation of the Torah (1962), the Prophets (1978), and 
the Writings (1982). Modern-speech versions of the New Testa- 
ment include those of J.B. Phillips (1957, revised 1972), who 
also translated portions of the Prophets (1963), and William 
Barclay (1969). Complete Bibles include the Revised Stan- 
dard Version (New Testament 1946, second edition 1971, Bible 
1952), the Modern Language (Berkeley) Bible (New Testament 
1945, Bible 1959, revised 1969), the New English Bible (New 
Testament 1961, Bible 1970), the Jerusalem Bible (1966), the 
New American Bible (1970), New American Standard Bible 
(1971), the Living Bible, a paraphrase (New Testament 1967, 
Bible 1971), the Good News Bible (New Testament 1966, Bible 
1976, Apocrypha 1979), the New International Version (New 
Testament 1973, Bible 1978), and the New King James Ver- 
sion (New Testament 1979, Bible 1982). 


HERALD/ April 191 


The Commitment Is Tough 

If We Don't Go 

by Pete Huling 

Karen and I were planning to leave for the mis- 
sion field in the fall of 1987. For a number of 
reasons, our plans have indefinitely been placed 
on hold. Over the past few months, our thinking 
has shifted from "going" to "sending." 

As the reality of not going to the mission field 
ourselves (at least not in the near future) has 
settled in, we've realized that we have many ideas 
and questions regarding our role as senders. Our 
commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission 
has not changed, but the role we may be playing 
has. The last thing we want to do is to settle into 
life here with the sum total of our commitment to 
the Great Commission being a check dropped in 
the offering and an occasional "God bless the mis- 
sionary" prayer. 

In discussing this with one of our missionaries, 
we were told that it would be far more difficult for 
us to maintain our commitment to the Great Com- 
mission if we stay. We were challenged by this mis- 
sionary that the need for sold-out, committed 
senders is desperate. 

While our plans are far from definite at this 
point, I share with you here some of our thoughts, 
concerns, and questions for your consideration. 

1. Our Burden 

Primarily as a result of spending time with some 
of our missionaries in Europe last summer, we 
have a burden to be teammates with one or two 
missionary families. The intention is not for this 
to be a sideline ministry that is attended to now 
and then. Rather, this would be our main ministry 
in the body and would receive first priority in our 
ministry commitments. 

What do we envision as our responsibilities as 
teammates? The highest priority must be on 
prayer. I was grieved to learn that one of our third- 
term missionary families in Europe can count on 
one hand the number of people they know are 
committed to praying regularly for them. Our 
weeks are filled with hours spent in various 
ministries in the church. My intention here is not 
to belittle any of them. But is prayer for our mis- 
sionaries and the nationals to whom they are 

Karen and Pete Huling 

ministering any less important or valid a ministry? 
Would it be too radical to think of spending an 
hour a day in prayer for one or two missionary 
families and their ministries? While in Europe we 
heard of a retired couple in California who spends 
four hours a day in prayer for cur missionaries. Un- 
fortunately, that kind of commitment is virtually 
unknown in our fast-paced Western Christianity. 
Beyond prayer, there are many other things we 
might do in this sending ministry. A few sugges- 
tions: We can send letters, tapes, and small gifts. 
We can call the missionary periodically and be a 
contact person for special projects. We can arrange 
or provide housing for nationals who would like to 
come to the States (through which a number of 
Europeans have come to know the Lord). Only our 
lack of creativity will limit the ways in which we 
might minister to and through our missionaries. 

ERALD/ April 1987 



2. Our Lifestyle 

How does our lifestyle reflect our commitment 
to being teammates with our missionaries? This 
goes beyond our commitment to missions to the 
lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives. Do we think 
we have fulfilled our responsibility to God and the 
Great Commission when we drop a check in the 
offering? I can find nowhere in Scripture any 
evidence to support the philosophy that says. "As 
long as I give 10 percent to the Lord, I don't have 
to answer to God for how I use the other 90 per- 
cent.'* Making Christ the Lord of our lives means 
recognizing that 100 percent of what we have is 
His. We are simply stewards or managers of the 
goods God has chosen to temporarily entrust to 
our care. When we receive our paychecks, do we 
think of how we* re going to spend that money on 
ourselves, or do we first go to the Lord and see how 
He might have us use it to further His kingdom? 

Giving 10 percent of our income is simply a 
minimum. God may be enabling us to give far 
beyond 10 percent. What do we do as our careers 
grow and our incomes increase? Do we see this as 
a chance to move into a fancier house, to buy finer 
clothes, to acquire cars that go far beyond our 
basic needs for transportation, and to go on more 
extravagant vacations? Or do we see this as an op- 
portunity to have a greater part in furthering God's 
kingdom in Columbus, throughout Ohio and the 
U.S., and into other cultures? 

Are we investing God's resources or are we 
simply spending them? Instead of expanding our 
lifestyle with our income, why not expand our role 
in the Great Commission? Is it too radical to think 
that God might so prosper some of us that we 
could actually give 20. 30, 40 percent or more? Is 
it too radical to think that we could limit our 
lifestyles to the level at which we support our mis- 
sionaries, thus freeing up more of our income to 
further His kingdom? 

3. Our Testimony 

What statement are we making to our children 
and to other believers by the level of our commit- 
ment to the Lord and to the Great Commission? 
Will our children seriously consider being mis- 
sionaries when they are accustomed to having all 
the finer things of life? Will they consider going if 
they think that sending takes a whole lot less ef- 
fort and sacrifice? Do we honestly think we can 
challenge younger believers to give sacrificially 
when they see us excessively spending the Lord's 
money on ourselves? 

It is not my intention to point my finger at 
others. If I did, I would have four fingers pointed 
back at myself. Rather, it is my desire to challenge 
you to think through some of the questions we've 
been wrestling with these past few months Let us 

take time to evaluate our commitment to the Great 
Commission and the lordship of Jesus Christ in 
our lives. Let us hold each other up by prayer and 
accountability. Truly, the commitment is tougher 
if we don't go. Q 

Reprinted with permission from The Gracevine, 
Grace Brethren Church. Columbus. Ohio. 

It's Official 

After spending 29 years in France as mis- 
sionaries. Tom and Doris Julien officially ac- 
cepted the Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 
Executive Director position in February dur- 
ing the Board of Trustees Meetings in Winona 

"We needed a strong organizer and a strong 
people person who could serve both the mis- 
sionaries and the image of the mission. We 
needed a person who would lead and give vi- 
sion and we felt Tom Julien was the man for 
the job." said John Teevan, a member of the 
search committee. 

"Tom's long experience of hard work, good 
leadership and proven loyalty to GBFM" are 
just a few of the reasons he was asked to con- 
sider the Executive Director position. 

"His strengths are in harmony with the 
needs of the mission and his fluency in 
French may be a great asset to our Africa field 
and church relationships," said another 
Board member. 

Tom and Doris will be moving permanent- 
ly to Winona Lake in August. D 


HERALD/ April 19*1 



31N= p 

Grace Brethren Missionaries are 

Church Planting 

in Tbkyo and Osaka, Japan 

by Ike Graham 

The Japanese word for sin comes from the 
Chinese character W ■ The bottom half of the 
character | £ , stands for a criminal who is caught 
in the net ( x&J ) of the police. In the Japanese 
mind, sin is always associated with crime. It is 
wrong-doing against people, law (made by people) 
or in the heart (against oneself). This is quite dif- 
ferent from the biblical idea of sin. In the Bible sin 
is missing the mark of God*s holy character. His will, 
or His law. When David said in Psalm 51, "Against 
you, you only have I sinned . ..." he expressed truth 
that is hard for the average Japanese to grasp. 

Mr. Tanida is one of my neighbors in the apart- 
ment complex that we live in. He is in his 40's and 
the average Japanese businessman. One day as we 
discussed Buddhism and Christianity our dialogue 
went like this: 

"If I understand you correctly. Mr. Tanida, there 
is no absolute standard of truth given by God." 

"That's right. What you call 'a standard of truth' 
is the collective decision of people." 

"So if people decide something is good or bad. 
then that becomes our standard of truth." 

"That's right." 

"Therefore when we sin. we sin against people 
not God." 

"That's right." 

"Do you think dropping the atom bomb on 
Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a good thing?" 

"No. of course not!" 

"But the population of the U.S. is greater than 
Japan and we decided that it was the right thing 
to do. Therefore it was right because the majority 
of the people made that decision. Don't you agree?" 

RALD/ April 1987 


"Why not? It's consistent with your standard of 

"Killing is not right by any standard. Everyone 
believes that." 

"But if there is no absolute standard then that 
may change. The world may decide it's good to 
eliminate Japan from the world scene." 

Worshippers at a temple seeking for blessing and a hope for 
something good after death. 

At this point Mr. Tanida asked me how I knew that 
there was an absolute standard of truth. I explained 
how the Bible is trustworthy and the word of God. 
As a result, he came to our Bible study class to learn 
about God's absolute standard of truth. 

For Mr. Tanida as well as the others 
our Bible study, understanding th 



and meaning of "sin." does not come easy. Neither 
in Buddhist theology or in Shintoism is there a 
biblical concept of original sin. The Japanese con- 
sider themselves pure, born without sin. Even in 
recent days as I have watched television and read 
about AIDS here in Japan, the perspective is start- 
ling. In each case, the problem originated from 
outside Japan. It was never the fault of the 
Japanese. One Japanese newspaper said that one 
woman who was an AIDS carrier was a Christian! 
Of course, they didn't mention that the 100 men 
who called in for help were Buddhists!! These un- 
biblical ideas about sin make presenting the 
gospel quite a challenge. Only the Spirit of God 
working through that sharp sword of His word is 
able to penetrate sinful hearts blinded to their own 
condition. Your prayers are a part of that mighty 
force that is at work changing the hearts of sinful 
men. Thank you for praying! 

Worshippers at one of Japan's festivals. They believe that by 
coming in contact with the smoke it will protect them from ill- 
ness and evil. 

Mr. Tsutsui, a Japanese Christian businessman 
has experienced the powerful life-changing power 
of the gospel. While he was in America for four 
years he began to attend church. Eventually he 
made a decision to become a Christian. Shortly 
thereafter he returned to Japan, but did not grow 
spiritually for 30 years. Now. as we study the Bible 
every morning before he goes to work, he is prais- 
ing God for liberation from sin. Hallelujah! What 
a powerful God we serve! He also praises God for 
American Christians who had the faith to send 
missionaries to Japan. Please pray for him as he 
aids us in our church planting effort in Osaka. By 
the way. are you still praising God for the 
forgiveness of your sins? 

Please pray with us that many people will come 
to understand they are missing the mark of God's 
standard and that they will find forgiveness of sins 
in Jesus Christ alone. Ask God to do this through 
your team in Japan: the Grahams in Osaka; the 
O' Dells in Tokyo: the Kirnbauers in language 
school: and the Clines who are preparing to come. 

The First 

"It is with great joy, joy hard to express in words," ex- 
claimed Ike Graham, missionary to Japan as he introduc- 
ed Hiroko Deguchi, the girl who will become the first 
member of Japan's Grace Bible Church. 

Hiroko, a second year Jr. College student, prayed to 
receive Christ in February and has begun discipleship 
classes with the Grahams. 

"I did not fully realize the significance of group con- 
sciousness or group solidarity here in Japan until Miss 
Deguchi's salvation. I believe it is a major breakthrough," 
said Ike. 

"I asked Miss Deguchi to share her testimony this last 
Sunday at our Bible study and she did a marvelous job. 
She was deeply moved and the tears began to come. The 
people really listened and one lady began to cry. 

"That afternoon a lady at our English Bible study said, 
'I want to have faith like Abraham'." (We have been study- 
ing Genesis.) Again, I was able to share the Gospel. 

"Later, at 5:30 p.m. three of the men asked me to come 
and talk to them. We talked for five hours! Their families 
are seriously considering becoming Christians, but they 
have many questions. What do I do at a funeral? What 
do I do when I visit a grave? Can I burn incense? Some 
of these are very hard to answer, but Praise the Lord! 

"We have been praying for these things for nine years 
and God is surely answering!" exclaimed Ike. 


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Student Academic 

Advising Center 

by Joel Curry 

If you attended college, you probably remember 
that every student had to have an "academic ad- 
visor" -- you know, the professor who had to sign 
your class schedule before you were allowed to 
register for classes. 

When you were a student, did you ever have a 
hard time finding your academic advisor? In your 
first few days as a college freshman, did you final- 
ly give up and settle for the first available professor 
who would agree to sign the schedule? Did you 
begin to suspect that your advisor never had office 

Maybe you were one of the more fortunate ones 
attending a college where each professor met his 
or her hundred or so advisees in the gym on the 
morning of registration. First, you had to find your 
advisor in the crowd of faculty seated behind a 
table that spanned the length of the gymnasium. 
And then you joined the line stretching halfway 
across the room and were soon guiltily eyeing the 
"No Street Shoes on the Gym Floor" sign. As you 
inched forward, you winced at each addition to the 
growing list of "Closed Classes" on the chalkboard 
behind the long table. 

These are nightmares Grace College students do 
not have to face, thanks to the college's Student 
Academic Advising Center, or SAAC for short. But 
solving the registration-day advising crunch is not 
the only reason things are done differently here. 

SAAC Director Andy Galvin explains that to 
fulfill its purpose, academic advising must be 
much more than the once-a-semester signature 
typical at many colleges. 

Galvin emphasizes that the advising center does 
not replace faculty in the advising process, but 
simply helps to provide a structure. 

"Decisions about major fields of study, choosing 
the right classes in the proper sequence, and 
evaluating career interests and abilities all can be 
life-changing decisions," he explains. Consequent- 
ly, we must regard academic advising in that con- 
text and make it as comprehensive as possible. 

"We want to build as many connections between 

the faculty and the students as possible," he says. 
"So we have set up a process here where we help 
schedule the appointments and keep thorough 
and up-to-date records about each student's in- 
terests and academic progress. That simplifies the 
details and frees the faculty for better advising. 

"We are here to give special help to freshmen 
and transfer students. Our staff concentrates on 
students who have not decided about their major 
field of study. Those are the students who are most 
likely to leave college before graduating, unless 
they receive proper support for academic and 
career choices." 

Dean of Students Dan Snively, under whose 
management the advising center falls, explains 
the reason he believes comprehensive academic 
advising is important at Grace. "As a Christian col- 
lege, we have a great stewardship responsibility 
because the Grace College student is a child of 
God," he says. "We are preparing men and women 
as His sons and daughters, and that is a respon- 
sibility to be taken with great seriousness. In light 

Peer Advisor Mark Matthes and Freshman Advising 
Coordinator Mark Troyer. 


HERALD/ April 198' 


SAAC Director Andy Galvin, right, conducts a tour of the Grace College 
campus for a group of prospective students. 

of that, everything we do -- including academic ad- 
vising -- must be done with purpose and 

"I feel that we are accountable to the student, 
to the parents, to the institution, and to the Lord, 
for the quality of guidance we give. And it's not just 
the advisor's responsibility. The student is also 
responsible. He or she is responsible to develop 
gifts and talents, gather all relevant decision- 
making information about academic and career 
options, clarify personal values and goals, and to 
accept responsibility for decisions." 

Galvin adds, "We don't make decisions for the 
students. But we do help them make better in- 
formed decisions themselves. You might see our 
job as stretching out the advising process through 
the whole semester. Each freshman, for example, 
is part of three or four advising sessions during his 
or her first semester. That makes the student 
much more able to make proper decisions about 
fields and class choices." 

In addition to academic advising by faculty and 
the SAAC center staff, freshmen students also have 
contact with upper-class "peer" advisors. 

Mark Troyer, freshman advising coordinator, 
points out that each peer advisor is assigned to 
help up to 15 freshmen. "We want to make sure 
that the peer advisor becomes one of the 
freshman's best sources of help on campus," Troyer 
says. "They are trained to communicate and listen. 
They help guide students and stay close enough 
to spot problems, such as the need for tutoring in 
a particular subject. 

"Peer advisors also keep the freshmen folders up 
to date, and that is an important role. Faculty 
members consult the folder prior to all advising 
meetings with the student." 

Perhaps most important, Troyer adds, is that the 

peer advisor is someone who not only cares, but 
is also a fellow student. "The peer advisor has been 
through the same pressures and wants to help new 
students through college." 

One of the newest advising tools for students 
with undeclared majors is SIGI-Plus, a computer 
program that helps students to evaluate for 
themselves their academic and career interests. 
(SIGI stands for System of Interactive Guidance 
and Information.) 

Lorrie Kirkpatrick, director of career counseling 
and placement, explains that the computer does 
not make decisions for the student, but simply pro- 
vides information and choices in an organized 

"It's difficult when someone comes in not know- 
ing really what he or she is interested in," she says. 
"The SIGI program helps break hundreds of 
choices down for the student: What kinds of things 
are you interested in? What values are important 
to you? What are you good at? And many other 
things. It's hard to get people to really evaluate 
themselves, so this software has helped organize 
students' thoughts and has helped to motivate 
them to think in terms of career interests." 

She adds: "Students also must consider and 
follow biblical standards in whatever choices they 
make. We don't try to dissuade students in their 
choice of a field of study or career, but we do try 
to emphasize the fact that they must feel comfort- 
able, in light of those biblical standards, with their 

'And we also reinforce the fact that, whatever 
career they decide to go into, they should deter- 
mine to do their best - not for themselves, not for 
their parents, not for Grace College, but f or the 

ERALD/ April 1987 



Angie Garber 

Thirty-Six Years a Missionary to the Navajos 

by Mary Thompson 

She's "retired", but she still fills in when a 
substitute teacher is needed. She helps out in the 
school kitchen in emergencies, bakes cookies for a 
camp-out, drives an injured person thirty-five miles 
to the clinic, and last summer she cooked for four 
youth camps - three of them at primitive sites. 

Larry Wedertz, superintendent of Grace Brethren 
Navajo Ministries, says: 

"Angie is a real trooper. I have been associated 
with her at the Mission for twenty-eight years and 
have found her to be flexible and able to adjust to 
whatever circumstances she faces. She's even 
served as a cross-country truck driver. 

"She has a special concern for older Navajo peo- 
ple and loves to work with them. She also cares 
deeply for her former students." 

Miss Garber arrived at GBNM in June, 1951, as 
the school's first teacher. Textbooks totaled six - six 
copies of Dick and Jane. Twenty-four students were 
enrolled that year, all in first grade, but because the 
children kept running away and going home, the 
average attendance was only seventeen. 

The first year, besides being the only teacher, Miss 
Garber was the cook and took care of twelve boys 
seven days a week. The roads were poor and the peo- 
ple had only wagon teams or saddle horses for 
transportation, so the children stayed for the entire 
school year. 

Roy Sam. seventh and eighth grade teacher at 
Grace Brethren Navajo School and one of Miss 
Garber's former pupils, shares his memories of her 

"I remember Miss Garber's genuine interest in 
her pupils. She tried to bring out our best qualities 
and helped us visualize success. She never lost 

sight of individual students. She was kind and lov- 
ing and always had time for us. She prayed for 
each student and his family members. 

"Miss Garber's life is a reflection of I Timothy 4:11 
as she has 'set an example for the believers in 
speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.' She 
has spent a lot of time reading God's Word and it 
is reflected in her life." 

Mrs. Tully (Mary Sala) Butler, Navajo pastor's wife, 
says this about her former teacher: 

"The thing that helped me most about Miss 
Garber's ministry is that she taught me to speak 
and read English. In those days none of her 
students knew any English when they came to 
school. I think learning to speak and read English 
is one of the most important things that Navajos 
can be taught. Without that I couldn't do the things 
I do as a pastor's wife and you wouldn't have 
teachers like Mr. Sam. 

"Miss Garber has never left us to go somewhere 
else, even though it was hard for her sometimes. 
She is dedicated to her ministry and has shown 
us the love of Christ." 

John Trujillo, Navajo pastor, says: 

"At first I thought of Miss Garber only as my 
teacher. She taught me reading, English and 
math, and these are very important. 

"Later, I saw she meant much to me - as a 
mother. I went away to school in Utah, and when 
I came home she hugged and kissed me, just as 
she would her son. 

"Miss Garber was there when I was baptized. I 
seem to have a place with her as though I am her 
own child." 


HERALD/ April 198 


Angie Garber (right) with a Navajo friend. (Photo by Larry Kayser) 

Angie's work day begins at 6:30 when she joins 
other staff members in the school dining room for 
a half-hour of morning devotions - an opportuni- 
ty to pray together for the needs of Navajo people. 
After breakfast, she walks across the road to the 
trading post to pick up the Mission mail. With her 
denim bag slung over her shoulder, she trudges 
back up the hill and sorts the letters into in- 
dividual mail boxes. 

Then she's off, usually with Betty Masimer, in 
the 1973 Datsun pickup. Betty (who recently com- 
pleted twenty-five years at GBNM) and Angie have 
many close friends among Navajo people and they 
are both loved and welcome in Navajo homes. 
Angie says she feels a special concern for the old 
people who are unable to get to church and often 
are unable to read God's Word for themselves. 

After a friendly chat in a Navajo hogan, Angie 
reads a Scripture portion from the Navajo Bible 
and she and Betty pray for the special needs of the 
family. Then back in the Datsun and on to the next 

Betty Masimer, Angie's visiting partner, says: 

"I have worked closely with Angie for twenty- 
five years. She has a sincere, heart-felt dedica- 
tion to her Lord and she loves His Word. 

Her love is to know the Savior more fully. 

"Her burden is to see the Navajo people come 
to Christ. 

"Her desire is to glorify Jesus Christ through 
her life. 

"She loves the people she ministers to." 

Miss Garber's ministry extends to her fellow 
workers. She stops by with ajar of homemade jam 
or to share a loaf of bread or some cookies she has 
just baked. 

Rhoda Leistner, first and second grade teacher 
expresses her appreciation for Angie: 

"Sometimes when I feel upset. I stop by her 
house, because there is a spirit of tranquility 
there. Her calm trust in the Lord settles my spirit. 
When I was a new missionary in 1974, Angie 
became my friend and helped me overcome my 
loneliness and homesickness. Angie has her 
priorities straight and practices what is most im- 

Those who knew Angie in her younger years say 
she was always on the run. At seventy-five she 
doesn't do much running, but she's still going 
strong in her ministry of prayer and sharing God's 
Word with the Navajos. 

RALD/ April 1987 



February 12, 1987 

Dear Ladies of the National WMC, 

Thank you very much for the new Canon copier that you gave 
to the Foreign Missions office. I don't think a day goes by without 
someone mentioning how thankful they are to have it. 

We used to take all prayer letters to an instant print company. 
It was costly and took quite a bit of time. Now we have the 
capability of printing all the prayer letters in a shorter amount 
of time and in two colors (red and black) for a cheaper price! 

The copier also enables us to enlarge and reduce any cor- 
respondence or artwork. It enables us to copy and sort stacks 
of reports. It even uses three sizes of paper! 

So, in the future when you see any direct publications from 
the Foreign Missions office, you will know that you had an im- 
portant part in creating that piece. Thanks again! 

On behalf of the Foreign Missions Family, 

KarerUJ. Bartel 
Publications Coordinator 

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Copy Machine for GBFM 
home office 
Goal: $9,000. 

Due Date: 

Send before June 10, 1987 
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March, April, and May goes to 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 
A new copy machine has been 
purchased for the Winona Lake, 
Indiana, home office of FMS. Our 
project will aid in more efficient 
production of missionary newslet- 
ters, candidate information, and 
general office paperwork. 

Also, at this time of the year the 
Missionaries of the Year Offer- 
ing is emphasized. This offering 
may be given in the month of 
your birthday or during the 
special emphasis. The money 
goes toward the support of WMC 
Missionaries of the Year, honoring 
their years of service. We suggest 
a minimum of $1.50 a year per 
Send before June 10, 1987 

Missionaries of the Year 
for 1986-87: 

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Miss Edna Haak. W. Germany 

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Religion in Review 

by Doug Trouten 

The following excerpts from Religion in Review provided by the Evangelical 
Press News Service give us a brief overview of events of the past year. It is 
important for Christians to be informed on events that have occurred in our 
country and the world that shape our lives. Some of these events require our 
prayers, some our rejoicing, others demand action. 

homosexuals had become celibate 


In 1986 America discovered pornography. The 
Attorney General's Commission on Pornography 
drew the nation's attention to the growing porn in- 
dustry and sharply divided public opinion. Some 
condemned pornography as the nation's leading 
moral evil, while others acted as though Hustler 
magazine should replace the American eagle as 
a symbol of the freedoms we hold dear. 

The Commission's report helped rally sup- 
porters for the battle against pornography. At- 
torney General Edwin Meese announced that a 
special team would be formed to ensure that por- 
nographers were "pursued with a vengeance and 
prosecuted to the hilt." The National Coalition 
Against Pornography and the Religious Alliance 
Against Pornography fired up church leadership 
to battle sexually-explicit material. 

But media reports quickly pegged the commis- 
sion as prudish constitution-bashers, while civil 
libertarians battled non-existent efforts to outlaw 
Playboy magazine. Pornographers hired the 
largest public relations firm in the nation's capital 
to orchestrate criticism of the Attorney General's 
report, and to portray pornography foes as 
"religious extremists." 


When we weren't worrying about pornography, 
we were worrying about drugs. Like pornography, 
illegal narcotics were not a new problem, but earn- 
ed a spot on the agenda when the nation's leader- 
ship decided to get involved in the battle. The 
death of college basketball star Len Bias from an 
overdose of cocaine sent his mother - who believes 
someone slipped it into his drink - on the road to 
speak against drugs. "God lifted Len up to let 
everyone see him and took him away to focus at- 
tention on the most prevalent problem in America 
today: drugs," she said. 


Drugs and pornography weren't the only things 
threatening to destroy society from within during 
1986. Concern grew over AIDS (Acquired Immune 
Deficiency Syndrome), a 100 percent fatal disease 
affecting mainly homosexuals and drug users. 

AIDS affected the homosexual lifestyle: a 
Los Angeles study showed the 80 percent of 


monogamous over fear of AIDS. But AIDS also af- 
fected the church, as Christians tried to formulate 
a biblical response to the disease. A Gallup poll 
showed that more than one in five Americans (21 
percent) felt that AIDS was a judgment from God, 
and 35 percent felt the church's response to AIDS 
victims had been "poor." Surgeon General C. 
Everett Koop called for public education about the 
spread of AIDS, and said churches have a tremen- 
dous obligation to educate children and young 
people about sexual behavior and other practices 
that spread the disease. 

Concern about AIDS forced the public to view 
"gay rights" with increased suspicion, and civil 
rights laws sponsored by gay activists were shot 
down in various areas, including Chicago and Loui- 
siana, where they encountered opposition from the 
religious community. However, New York City 
passed a gay rights ordinance. And the Evangelical 
Women's Caucus passed a resolution in support of 
homosexual civil rights, fueling criticism that the 
organization had become "a lesbian support group." 


1986 was a year of anniversaries as well. Moody 
Bible Institute in Chicago marked the 100th an- 
niversary of its founding. The American Bible 
Society noted its 170th anniversary, the King 
James Version of the Bible saw its 375th birthday, 
and the 20-year mark was reached by "Good News 
for Modern Man," and by the Spanish "Version 
Popular" of the Bible. Morris Cerullo celebrated the 
25th anniversary of his ministry. Ben Armstrong 
completed 20 years with National Religious Broad- 
casters, and Pat Robertson's Christian Broad- 
casting Network celebrated its 25th anniversary. 


A trial of Sanctuary Movement activists resulted 
in church workers being convicted of smuggling 
illegal aliens into the U.S., but those involved 
received suspended sentences. A suit brought 
against the government by churches who said U.S. 
agents secretly taped church meetings to gather 
evidence against Sanctuary workers was thrown 
out by a judge who ruled that the churches lacked 
standing to bring the suit, but observed. "It frankly 
offends me that the government is snooping into 
people's churches." 


HERALD/ April 19* 



School textbooks were on trial as well. Studies 
by the Department of Education, Americans 
United for Separation of Church and State, and 
People for the American Way all found that public 
school texts tend to ignore or trivialize the role of 
religion in American life, adding fuel to a fire 
already raging over public school curriculum. 

An Alabama case seeking to remove secular 
humanism from public school texts is being heard 
by Judge Brevard Hand, who is expected to side 
with fundamentalist parents bringing the suit. 

A Tennessee case involving textbooks was 
decided in favor of parents, who had sought to have 
substitute readers used for their children, since 
they found references to feminism and the occult, 
and the treatment of religious themes troubling. 

Amsterdam '86 

Certainly the brightest event in world religious 
news was Amsterdam '86, a 10-day conference for 
itinerant evangelists sponsored by the Billy Graham 
Evangelistic Association. More than 8,000 
evangelists from 173 countries and territories came 
together in Amsterdam's cavernous RAI Convention 
Center to sharpen their skills and learn how to bet- 
ter "do the work of the evangelist" - the conference's 
theme. The $21 million conference marked what 
United Nations officials agreed was the most wide- 
ly representative international meeting in history. 

In a no-nonsense message to his fellow 
evangelists, Argentine-born Luis Palau told them to 
quit fooling around with other women, to give up 
obsessions with raising money, to get rid of bit- 
terness against other evangelistic teams, and to quit 
letting media attention "go to their heads." Palau, 
who held successful crusades in various places dur- 
ing 1986 including Singapore, Argentina and 
California, said "You mustn't confuse loudness and 
gesticulations with being filled with the Holy Spirit." 


A delegation of U.S. and British officials found 
evidence that Christians in Nepal are subjected to 
persecution and torture. The Peace and Hope Com- 
mission of Peru's National Evangelical Council 
documented the killings of 90 evangelical Christians 
from 1983-1985 in Peru. 

Malaysia began to enforce a rule that makes it a 
crime to offend a Muslim's religious beliefs; making 
it nearly impossible to witness to adherents of Islam. 
Kenya's president Daniel arap Moi attacked the 
country's churches after a religious conference 
issued a statement criticizing Moi's plan to eliminate 
secret ballots in an upcoming election. And the In- 
dian state of Tamil Nadu announced plans to outlaw 
"mass religious conversion," such as the types tak- 
ing place at Christian crusades and rallies. 

The Rev. John Wilson, an African evangelical 
leader, was murdered by two gunmen while return- 
ing to his home in Kenya from a week of special 
religious meetings in Kampala, Uganda. And 
Southern Baptist missionary Libby Senter and her 
10-year-old daughter Rachel were found stabbed to 
death in their home in Liberia. Police arrested a 
Liberian seminary graduate who had worked for the 
Senters. He confessed to the crime. 

The Soviet Union released, rearrested, and re- 
released Christian rock singer Valeri Barinov, who 
had been held on charges of trying to leave the coun- 
try illegally The USSR also allowed the importation 
of a new Russian-language Bible commentary. But 
lest we think the country was getting soft on 
religion, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachov called for 
a "decisive and uncompromising struggle" with 
religion, and an improvement of atheist work. 

President Reagan's decision to launch a bombing 
raid against Libya in retaliation for terrorist acts 
drew criticism from the National Council of 
Churches, which expressed "profound distress." The 
American Jewish Committee supported the raid, 
calling it "fully justified." Libyan leader Moammar 
Gadhafi has called for a "Holy War" against 

China allowed importation of a printing press, 
which will give priority to Bible production. The 
Chinese government also decided to allow foreign 
aid to churches in China, and stopped jamming 
evangelistic broadcasts from Christian short wave 
stations. Chinese government officials have assured 
the Christian church in Hong Kong that they have 
nothing to fear when Hong Kong comes under 
Chinese control toward the end of this century, but 
Hong Kong church leaders continue to leave the 
country in droves. 

Egypt arrested, but later released 10 Christians, 
who had been held without charges throughout 
most of the year. The Christians were accused of 
"despising Islam," which is the usual charge made 
when a person converts from Islam to Christianity. 

Israel spent the better part of the year battling the 
construction of a Mormon study center planned for 
the Mount of Olives, but eventually determined it 
had no legal right to halt the construction, as long 
as Mormon officials agreed to use the site as a mis- 
sionary base. Israel's officials were not so generous 
to the Narkis Street Baptist Church, which was 
destroyed by arson, and has had difficulty getting 
permission to rebuild. And Israel's rabbis 
announced their desire to do some building of their 
own, on the Temple Mount. Though observant Jews 
are forbidden to enter the sites of previous temples 
on the mount, rabbis believe they have found a loca- 
tion for a new temple in keeping with Jewish law. 
Arabs who now control the Mount have said a 
Jewish presence on the Mount would bring 

RALD/ April 1987 



Elsewhere (Cont.) 

In South Africa, things continued pretty much 
the way they had the previous year, with some 
church leaders calling for economic sanctions as 
a means of reform, with others calling for 
economic investment as a means of reform. Bishop 
Desmond Tutu, a symbol of anti-apartheid ac- 
tivism, was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, 
making him titular head of the South African 
Church, and the first black to hold the position. 

Political upheaval in the Philippines resulted in 
Corazon Aquino rising to power. Ferdinand Marcos 
and his wife fled the country, taking along the 
nation's treasury, but leaving a lot of shoes and 
underwear behind. 

World Missions 

The revival is currently being spread by fewer 
and fewer evangelists, according to missions 
researcher Dave Barrett. Barrett found that the 
world's population explosion is outstripping 
evangelism efforts in the world's urban areas. 

Still, there are success stories around the globe. 
Tanzania is reportedly experiencing revival. The 
Far Eastern Broadcasting Company reported an in- 
crease in response to its religious programs. India 
has seen mass baptisms. Dr. Paul Y. Cho's Korean 
Bangkok Church in Thailand has grown from five 
members to over 800 in the last five years. 

The Bible continues to be translated into new 
languages to reach new groups of people. In 1986 
Bibles were completed in Navajo, Haitian, Yakan 
(used in parts of the Philippines), and other 

Assorted People News 

The cause of world missions is being helped by 
men like R. Stanely Tarn, a businessman who sup- 
ports missionary and Christian work with 100 per- 
cent of his company's profits. Tarn was named 
"layperson of the Year" by the National Associa- 
tion of Evangelicals. 

Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart received the "Two 
Hungers" awarded from Bread for the World, for 
his commitment to hunger relief and evangelism. 
John Stott, founder of England's Institute for Con- 
temporary Christianity, was awarded the 
Templeton United Kingdom Project Award, for 
someone who acts on spiritual motives to improve 
the well-being of the United Kingdom. 

Evangelist Jerry Falwell decided to move out of 
the political arena and concentrate on ministry. A 
court awarded Falwell $200,000 in his libel suit 
against Hustler magazine, even though it found 
Hustler had not actually libeled Falwell. 

Singers Amy Grant, Larnelle Harris and Sandi 
Patti received top honors at the Gospel Music 

Association's Dove Awards presentation. Grant 
stunned the Christian music world by "crossing 
over" with "Unguarded," a Christian album that 
received heavy secular airplay, which she followed 
up with a duet with a secular rock singer that 
climbed to the top of the "Top 40" rock music 
charts. Patti also got media attention when her ver- 
sion of "The Star Spangled Banner" was used dur- 
ing the centennial celebration for the Statue of 
Liberty - exposure that led to appearances on 
Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," and an in- 
vitation to the White House. 

Christ didn't appear at the White House or on 
Johnny Carson's show, but he did appear on the 
side of a soybean oil storage tank. At least that's 
what some folks in Fostoria, Ohio say. Thousands 
flocked to see the image, which the faithful say is 
a miraculous theophany and the skeptical say is 
a rust spot. 

Raj nee sh 

Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had a 
chance to see the world in 1986. Rajneesh, who 
left the United States after pleading guilty to 
charges of immigration fraud, announced that he 
would spend his time traveling around the world, 
visiting his followers. 

That turned out to be a good idea, as Rajneesh 
- who advocates free sex and abolition of tradi- 
tional religion - was unable to find a country that 
would let him establish residency. During the year 
he visited and was kicked out of Greece, Ireland, 
Spain, and Uruguay. 

Other Cults 

Rajneesh wasn't the only fringe religious group 
having problems during 1986. Scientology 
founder L. Ron Hubbard died of a stroke at age 74. 
Scientology continued to battle former members 
in the courts, with ex-scientologists seeking large 
judgments for fraud. Former members have been 
successful in court; former convert Larry Woller- 
sheim was awarded $30 million in his case. 
Herbert W. Armstrong, head of the Worldwide 
Church of God, died at age 93, leaving his 
80,000-member church to successor Joseph K. 

Doug Trouten is director ofEP News Service, editor of the Twin Cities 
Christian newspaper and founder of the Christian Newspaper 

Reprinted with permission by the Evangelical Press News Service. 

Coming Next Month 

Religion in Review 

covering the Supreme Court 


HERALD/ April 19 


National CE Convention 

Monday, August 3, 1987 
Winona Lake, Indiana 


Dr. Elmer Drams is Dean of the 
School of Religion at Liberty Univer- 
sity. Dr. Towns has authored 34 books, 
including The Ten Largest Sunday 
Schools and How to Crow an Effective 
Sunday School. Known as "Mr. Sun- 
day School," Towns will be sharing 
how to make Sunday school dynamic. 

Bill Hybels is the Senior Pastor of 
Willow Creek Community Church in 
South Barrington, Illinois. From 125 
people in 1975 to over 9.000 today, the 
ministry of Willow Creek continues to 
grow under his leadership. Known for 
his heart for nonchurched people, 
Hybels will share with pastors how 
such a passion can effect their pro- 
gramming and preaching. 

Roy Roberts is the Executive Direc- 
tor of National Church Relations for 
Prison Fellowship. Since 1977, Roy has 
served Prison Fellowship as an instruc- 
tor in prisons, a consultant, a writer, 
and conference speaker. Roy will be 
leading a lay-oriented track on Prison 

Bill Anderson will be representing 
Scripture Press Publications. Current- 
ly the Director of the editorial division. 
Bill has gathered his experience in 
Christian education through ten years 
as a church staff member in Christian 
education. Bill will be showing how 
Scripture Press curriculum can be im- 
plemented at various age levels. 

Lynne Hybels, wife of Pastor Bill 
Hybels, graduated from Bethel College 
in Mishawaka, Indiana, intending to 
become a social worker. Her plans 
changed in 1975 when she joined her 
husband in starting Willow Creek 
Community Church. Lynne will share 
with pastor's wives "How to Find Your 
Ministry Niche" and "The Joy of Per- 
sonal Worship." 

Ed Trenner is a Consulting Associate 
with Masterplanning Group Interna- 
tional, committed to helping people 
maximize their leadership through 
crystal-clear focus in organizational 
direction and development. Having 
been in Christian ministry for over 25 
years, Ed understands the needs of 
pastors. He will be sharing the key 
elements in Masterplanning. 

Plus: Choose from among forty workshops running in ten different tracks covering marriage 

enrichment; prison ministry; missions; teaching; evangelism; and much more! Designed for both 

pastors and lay people, you won't want to miss this year's convention! For more information call 

or write: 

GBC Christian Education 

P.O. Box 365 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

r's convention! For 

RALD/ April 1987 



The Lost In America 

by William Byers 

Sometimes it's hard to believe. 
Or we don't want to acknowledge 
it, because it's so close to home. 
But there are people in our own 
neighborhoods who will not 
spend eternity in heaven. 

The rapid growth of the American standard of 
living has made it increasingly difficult to win 
people for Christ and get them to identify with our 
churches. While the ease of living appreciably ex- 
ceeds the inflation rate annually, the American 
people become more and more enslaved to their 
things and render less and less time to consider 
that which is permanent in their lives. The classic 
example is the increased need of whole com- 
munities to have organized security which not on- 
ly protects property, but prevents any intrusion in- 
to people's time. This hinders approaches to people 
both for added material things and spiritual 

Our materialistic country has 
paralyzed the senses of most 
American communities to the 
things of the Lord. 

It is not only the "Yuppies," or the upwardly 
mobile young urban professional, who are infected 
with this personal time trap. The majority of the 
remaining 96 percent of our country's population 
finds themselves in the same place of material con- 
finement. Even when America's population makes 
up less than 10 percent of the world's populous, 

Americans own more than 90 percent of the 
world's bath tubs. Nearly every material substance 
has the same percentage comparison. Is it any 
wonder our churches must regularly use new 
methods to meet the challenge of a changing 
world? Even though the presentation of the gospel 
never changes (Hebrews 12:8), methods must 
change in order to be accessible to lost America. 
Let us open our eyes to the spiritual needs of 
America with these facts: 
1 . Our materialistic country has paralyzed the 
senses of most American communities to the 
things of the Lord. Remember that pride is 
a stronger emotion than fear of death! 

2 . More than 70 percent of the people in most 

metropolitan American cities speak a foreign 
language more proficiently than English. 
Their faith is usually pagan. Since most of 
our country's population resides in these 
cities, is it too difficult for us to admit where 
our greatest mission field lies? 

3 . Less than 5 percent of our country's popula- 

tion constitutes a conservative, soul winning, 
Bible believing body of Christians. 
The spiritual needs of America are too 
numerous to describe adequately, therefore, we 
notice more carefully the great Home Mission 
directives from God's word. These mandates point 
out explicitly our first responsibility to build a 
strong home front with new saints discipled to 
maturity. We must do this in order to capably con- 
tinue our tremendous outreach beyond the 
borders of our great nation. The numerous scrip- 
tural passages describing God's plea for man's first 
mission responsibility indicates his need to first 
reach his Jerusalem. This tells us how desperate- 
ly we must expand our home base in America. We 
refer to a couple appalling statistics to show the 


HERALD/ April If 


ieed for revived interest in our homeland's 
piritual needs: 

1 . There are more Jewish people living in and 
around New York City than the entire state 
of Israel, yet there are more than ten times 
as many missionaries to the Jews in Israel 
and foreign points than within our dear 
2 .There are at least 27 million black people in 
American society -- yet less than one half of 
one percent of our home mission interest is 
reflected in activities for these needy people. 
Six out of seven people around us are living in 
ieed of a Savior! The Church, pointing people to 
he Lord, is the answer. Para-church organizations 
re coming back to this truth. The late Dawson 
Yotman, founder of Navigators, once said the 
;reat need was for his ministry and others to work 
hrough the church to reach and train people for 
Christ in the best manner. 

Vhere is no greater missionjield 
han America. It is our earthly 
lome and the strength for our 
vorld missions program. 

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches has 
. unique part in reaching this need in America for 
wo basic reasons. First, we adhere closely to the 
iteral acceptance of the word of God, thus per- 
uading people from their humanistic rational -- 
ouching them where they hurt. Secondly, our 
congregations have the type of church fellowship 
md Bible exposition which creates a belong- 
ngness that sustains stability in this wavering 

The Grace Brethren Home Missions Council has 
>een commissioned by the FGBC to lead this 
lome base Jerusalem ministry. It is our deter- 
nination to be "aflame" with quests of progress 
is we help pioneer new church growth. 

The regular flow of new churches is needed in 
>rder to revitalize every area of national Grace 
3rethren ministries. Regular steps are being taken 
o assure success in this program: 
1 . Prayerfully recommending pastors to the new 

churches, including the administration of 

aggressive soul winning and discipleship 

2. Placing greater emphasis on building 

stronger bodies of believers before choosing 

land and building buildings. 

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3. Outlining long range goals of this church 
growth program, showing ways we can all be 
accountable as the goals are accomplished. 
The "America Now" campaign shows the 
serious commitment the Grace Brethren have to 
meet this challenge at hand. The goals of this pro- 
gram are: 
1 . Develop 100 men to pioneer new churches in 
the next five years. 

2 . Double Home Missions offerings over the next 

five years. 

3 .See 100 new churches added to the statistical 

report of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 

4 . Rally people to pray for the development of 

Bible-teaching, soul-winning Grace Brethren 
Churches in North America. 
We are almost one year into this program. 
Statistics show we have met proportionately nearly 
all of these goals. 

Some Grace Brethren ask specifically what steps 
they can take to make this all happen. Some sug- 
gestions include: 
1 . Specifically include Home Missions staff and 
pastor's ministries on your daily prayer lists. 

2 . Cooperate with your Pastor and Mission Com- 

missions Committee to enhance the growing 
interest within your church for Home Mis- 
sions. (This is your ministry.) 

3 . Participate with your District Mission Board 

as they seek out places for beginning 

4 .For the next five years commit at least a 15 

percent increase from your previous year's 
Home Mission offering. These funds are 
needed to send missionaries to get the gospel 
to America. 
There is no greater mission field than America. 
It is our earthly home and the strength for our 
world missions program. 

America is our Jerusalem. By God's power let 
us together reach the lost! 

William A. Byers is 
southern director for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions. 
Based in Atlanta, GA. he 
oversees the development of 
new churches in the 
southern United States. 



Then and Now - 
Changes In Church Planting 

by Lester E. Pifer 

After more than 30 years as a director of 
church planting, Lester Pifer has found 
himself back in the front lines. The world 
may have changed, but the need is still the 

The book of Acts provides the best instruction 
on church planting that we have available. The Ho- 
ly Spirit uses chosen people, applies the power of 
the Word and directs in the establishment of 
Christ's Church. The dynamic response of the 
Apostle Paul to the Gospel as seen in I Cor. 2:4. 5 
is an absolute spiritual goal in church building. 
"And my message and my preaching were not in 
persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstra- 
tion of the Spirit and of power . . ." (NASB) 

Through the years, most evangelical and fun- 
damental church bodies have fashioned their 
church planting ministries after the example of the 
Apostle Paul. His aggressive and bold ministry 
with the Gospel established lasting churches in 
spite of enormous opposition from Satan and anti- 
Christ groups. He sought to be led by the Spirit as 
illustrated in Acts 16 in following out the Macedo- 
nian call. 

His personal commitment to the call of God is 
revealed in his testimony in the first chapter of 
I Timothy. He credits Christ with his enabling 
grace, his personal evaluation on faithfulness, and 
his divine thrust into the ministry. (I Tim. 1:12) 

In my years of experience, successful husband 
and wife church-planting teams respond in a 
similar manner to the pattern set by the Apostle. 
There is an absolute necessity for the new birth, 
a knowledge of the Word, and a willingness to go 
where the Spirit directs. The passion for the lost, 
a love for people, a desire to see the local church 
established in the faith are essential ingredients 
handed down from God to chosen servants. 
(II Cor. 5:17-21). 

Personal Work 

The call for reapers, the reward for faithful labor, 
and the conditions for harvesting are still the 
same. The sower and the reaper will rejoice in 
God's blessing upon the fruit gathered. 

Our Lord said, ". . . my meat is to do the will 
of him that sent me, and to finish his work." 

Elsewhere he said, "I will build my church . . ." 
Matthew's Gospel records the overwhelming pas- 
sion that gripped Him when he saw the 

Jesus said, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the 
fields, that they are white for harvest ... He who 
reaps is receiving wages, and is gathering fruit 
for life eternal . . ." (John 4:35-36 NASB). 

The need for personal contact with the unsaved 
is still imperative in basic church planting. In the 
early days of my ministry, I walked in concentric 
circles from my church base knocking on doors 
and inviting souls to Christ and our church. Rare- 
ly did I receive opposition or find a negative 

After 30 years of administrative work, I am once 
again a pastor developing a new church. But there 
are obstacles! I face subdivisions where no can- 
vassing or solicitation is allowed: some have 
guarded gates. Eight out of ten homes are empty 
during daylight and evening hours as both 
husbands and wives work. Some homes are 
unresponsive to a door bell or a knock for fear of 
physical attack or robbery. 

So our methods change. We follow up church 
visitors, and visit the acquaintances, relatives, and 
neighbors of our people. At the hospitals, I check 
the unchurched list and I try to engage people in 
conversation at every gathering attended. Recent- 
ly, some contacts were made at the flea market by 
handing out a welcome brochure we designed. Yet, 
we find that friendship evangelism is the most 

We continue to touch people in every way we 
can. Always there is an invitation to hear the Word 
at our church, a testimony of what Christ has done 
for us, and an offer to help whenever there is a 
need. Every contact that is personally made is 
bathed in prayer by the pastor and congregation. 

Ministerial Remuneration 

My first full-time church-planting salary follow- 
ing seminary graduation was approximately 
$2,500 a year. At that time, a house could be 
rented for $25 to $30 a month; a home purchased 
for $6,000 to $12,000. A used car cost $200 to 
$400 and new one, slightly more than $600. Food, 




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After working in the headquarters of Grace 
Brethren Home Missions for more than 30 years, the 
Pifers are again involved in planting a church, this 
lime in Bradenton, FL. 

clothing, and utilities were minimal compared to 
today's staggering expenses. Most pastors had 
meager homes and one car; no television, 
dishwashers, freezers, or the myriad of other ap- 
pliances that have become necessities in our homes. 
Today's inflated prices on property, homes, and ex- 
penses are an entirely different ballpark than it was 
in the 1940s. Grace Brethren Home Missions and 
local district mission boards must face this startling 
reality every time budgets are formed. Church plant- 
ings need to increase to keep pace with today's 
economy if we are to evangelize our nation. 

Property Costs 

At Fremont, Ohio, our church was located on 
three house lots which cost less than $1,000. We had 
no off-street parking. As we began to plan construc- 
tion of our facility, we sought a loan of $40,000. We 
contacted 17 financial institutions, most of which 
gave a negative response and laughed at our trying 
to build with just 30 members and an attendance 
of 60 to 80 individuals. We faced a climate of distrust 
that churches would pay their debts and no bank 
wanted to foreclose on a church. 

Today's Grace Brethren church planter can apply 
to the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation and 
find a sympathetic response. Grace Brethren peo- 
ple have seen the need and have responded with 
their investments to build a great agency to help 
finance church property and buildings. 

In Bradenton, we face costs of $50,000 an acre, 
zoning restrictions which necessitate several acres 
for the building, off-street parking, and landscape 
design. An approved architect with state, county, 
and city approved plans is mandatory. Practically, 
one must build a structure styled after the type of 
other buildings, adequate to meet peoples' needs 
and large enough for growth potential. Meeting the 
needs for a building program in a city of 175,000 
people will take a good solid financial base of giv- 
ing folk. 

Church Competition 

Forty years ago, we had no large church syn- 
drome. No one heard of the electric church, mega 
buildings, and congregations of thousands. Multi- 
staffs were not common among the conservative 
ranks. In my visitation in Fremont, Ohio, I did not 
hear the excuse, "My church is at Lynchburg, VA, 
Anaheim, CA, Dallas, TX, or Baton Rouge, LA." I did 
not hear "I can hear good messages, listen to good 
music, etc. without leaving my home." 

Denominational loyalty and doctrinal distinctives 
seem to be waning. People go where their friends 
attend and where they feel most comfortable. This 
makes new church planting difficult and often 
discouraging. A pastor's heart is torn when he hears, 
"Oh, we were Grace Brethren, but now this big 
(other denomination) church has everything." 

Grace Brethren Churches can compete suc- 
cessfully. We cannot minimize the importance of 
contact in the message we present. However, the way 
that message is presented is more important today 
than ever before. Fire in the pews and power down 
the aisle must begin with a blaze in the pulpit. 

Moral Climate 

With so many robberies, rapes, and physical 
abuses publicized in the media, the public is wary 
of personal workers, visitation door to door, and even 
preachers calling in homes. Yet, they recognize the 
sinfulness of our society and there is a hunger for 
the love of God, forgiveness of sin, and lasting peace 
and joy of the Lord. 

We must draw upon the wisdom of God, bathe our 
efforts in prayer and devise new methods of ap- 
proach to touch the lives of people with the news 
of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the power of God un- 
to salvation to everyone who believes and it results 
in changed lives. Definite appointments, telephone 
evangelism, pertinent advertising, and friendship 
contacts have been more fruitful for us in Florida. 

In spite of the many difficulties in reaching people 
with the Gospel, it is rewarding to see the work of 
God in the hearts of those reached. The youth, 
young marrieds, and the elderly are searching for 
the truth. They want a salvation that removes the 
sting of sin's penalty, takes away the appetite for 
drink, gives victory of lust, controls the tempera- 
ment of sinning minds, and brings lasting hap- 
piness out of turbulent lives. The moral climate of 
today offers the greatest opportunity in human 
history to share the power of the gospel. KS 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer has been a vital part of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches for more than 
40 years. He pastored the Grace Brethren Church. Fre- 
mont. Ohio, from 1947 until 1953 when he joined the 
staff of Grace Brethren Home Missions. From 1965 un- 
til his retirement in 1985. he sensed as executive 
secretary of the organization. Pifer was also in- 
strumental in beginning the Gruce Brethren Church 
at South Bend. IN. during his seminary days. He and 
his wife. Genny. now live in Bradenti 
are once again establishing a c> 

flALD/ April 1987 



Total Mobilization of the Laity 

The following interview was conducted with Ron 
Thompson, President of our Board of Evangelism 
interviewing Juan Isais, Director of the Latin American 

Mission in Mexico. 

Could you give us a little background on yourself 
and your present ministry? 

I had the privilege to be the founder and the ac- 
tual director of the Latin American Mission in 
Mexico. My wife and I founded it more than 25 years 
ago. We have the privilege to have a ministry that 
includes radio and literature. We have a Christian 
Vocation Ministry and also the evangelism depart- 
ment which includes Evangelism-In-Depth. which 
deals with concepts in relation to evangelism. 

Juan, our own Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches is not experiencing the growth that we 
would like to see. What bothers you about the 
church and believers today? 

I see the church as very mechanized, like plastic 
ilowers that look real, yet have no life. But the thing 
that really concerns me is the fact that the problems 
of the church are basically the problems of leader- 
ship. The church is what the pastor is. Hosea 4:9 
talks about precisely that thing. The people are what 
we are, and the people I minister too sooner or later 
come to that conclusion. That bothers me because 
it is a reflection of my own ministry. 

What do you see as the greatest problem in the 
church in our own generation? 

People do not believe the righteousness of the 
gospel that Paul mentions in Romans 1:16 & 17. I 
have the impression that people are ashamed of the 
gospel. My conviction is that to be a Christian in the 
USA is much more difficult than in other parts of 
the world. I think it is very difficult because of the 
subtle way Satan is working, confusing people in 
such a way that they don't see that they are wrong. 

Juan, how do you think our Fellowship of 
Churches can experience the blessings of growth, 
revival and power of God once again? 

I don't see any other answer except to go back to 
the "first love." When people are in the first love they 
are fully trusting on the Lord for their lives, their 
family, their work, their witnessing, everything they 
surrender to the Lord. It doesn't matter what you 
ask them to do. they're readv to do it. If we can find 
a way to get the people back, those things will hap- 
pen in a normal way. The second thing is to provide 
lreedom lor the people. The normal church has a 

lot of people who have a guilty conscience. The 
church gives them a method of evangelism and they 
try and fail, and the more they fail the more their 
guilt complex grows. 

What do you think is the most effective way to 
get people back to their first love? 

One of the ways we have is to hold retreats in 
which we teach them how God has equipped them 
to rise on the moment of their salvation, how they 
can have success and how they can do those things 
with joy instead of pain. Secondly, they need to par- 
ticipate with more inspirational music that will help 
them to understand. Years ago I learned the song 
that says "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus." That was 
one of the songs that helped me a lot. 

In your concepts you speak of what you call the 
"total mobilization of the laity". Would you 
elaborate on what you mean by that term? 

Total mobilization is the participation of the 
believers in witnessing within the framework of the 
local church, with local leadership and local objec- 
tives. We're talking about people working to reach 
outside, but in connection and in relationship with 
the established church. We think in terms of a pro- 
gram to get all the people involved, the necessity to 
be more closely related to God, and the understand- 
ing that God equips us to handle eternal truth. If 
we look into the book of Acts we find in almost every 
instance this idea of total mobilization. That's one 
of the things that we have lost in the church today. 

Would you give us an example of what God he 
done in your ministry through your First Love 
Renewal Seminars? 

In churches where we have implemented the 
seminars, we have seen as much as 100 percent 
growth in 60 days. In the state of Tabasco, we had 
in a three-year period 42,000 decisions. In 
Guatemala we had 1,075 churches in 1962. Today, 
they have more than 7.000 churches. 

Your first English Seminar in Long Beach. CA is\ 
over and we had 72 participants. We're excited 
about what's going to happen, and we're looking 
forward to First Love Renewals to be held in\ 
Roanoke. VA. December 2-6. 1987. Pompano 
Beach. FL. December 8-13. and perhaps several in\ 
Pennsylvania in 1988. Thanks for your time. Juan. 


HERALD/ April 19 J 


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This book, Know the Marks of Cults, does just that. 

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former pastor Adam Rager who 
preceded her in death in 1979). 
December 9, 1986. The Ragers had 
lived in Sanford, NC, where the 
memorial service was held and 
burial took place at Pike, PA. 
January 30, 1987. Services were 
conducted by Rev. Joseph Nass, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Grafton, WV, and Rev. Paul 

BELLAIR: Jeannie Renee Collins 
and Lavern Joseph Bel lair. 

December 27, 1986, at the First 
Grace Brethren Church, Grafton, 
WV. Joseph Nass, pastor. 
HUPP: Becky Stevens and Brian 
Hupp, July 5, 1986, in the Grace 
Brethren Church of Lake Odessa, 
Ml. Pastor Bill Stevens, Harry Non- 
nemacher and Dave Brown led in 
the service. 


TOM AVEY, 902 Perry Rd., Lititiz, PA 



Blvd., Apt. 150B, Bradenton, FL 


GARY HABLE, 5166 Hwy. M35, 

Escanaba, Ml 49829. 


Lane, Roanoke, VA 24018. 

HOWARD IMMEL, 5531 Newport 

Rd., Columbus, OH 43232. 

NORMAN JOHNSON, 39488 Jerico- 

Low Gap Rd., New Matamoras, OH 


Ave., Johnstown, PA 15904. 
JACK V. RANTS, new pastor of the 
Kent, WA, Grace Brethren Church is- 
11135 S.E. 232 St., Kent, WA 93081. 
nebago Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46815 
(Tel. 219/749-5721). 

DAVID RUSH, P.O. Box 1463, Run- 
ning Springs, CA 92382. (He is 
available for an interim pastorate or 
pulpit supply.) 

OKEECHOBEE, FL. Grace Brethren 
Church, Inc., 701 South Parrott Ave., 
Okeechobee, FL 33474. 

CHARLOTTE, NC. Charlotte Grace 
Brethren Church, 5110 Tuckaseegee 
Rd., Charlotte, NC 28208. 
DUNCANSVILLE, PA. Leamersville 
Grace Brethren Church, R.R. 2, Box 
538 (Four miles south of Duncansville 
on U.S. Rt. 220), Duncansville, PA 
16635 (Omit Mailing Address). 

LYLE SWEENEY, (wife's name Lorie) 
is the new pastor of the Pike Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA. His 
address: R.6, Box 185, Johnstown, PA 
15909 (Tel. 814/749-0002). 

TORRANCE, CA. South Bay Grace 
Brethren Church has been closed 
and should be omitted. 

Grace Brethren Church should be 
added to the list of Cooperating 
Churches. (Page 70.) 

WILLIAM CRABBS, phone number 
is 513/833-4339. 

Hoyt, 011/54/041/21/9005; Solon Hoyt, 
011/54/0586/30/096; Stanley Nairn, 

GRIFFITH JONES is the new 

moderator of the Suburban Grace 
Brethren Church, Hatboro, PA (Tel 



The Grace College basketball team 
finished the 1986-87 campaign with 
an outstanding 24-7 record. 

Grace claimed its sixth consecutive 
Mid-Central Conference champion- 
ship with a 7-1 mark. The Lancers 
were represented well on the All- 
Conference team, with 6-7 senior 
center Joe Graham being voted the 
Player of the Year for the third straight 

year. Junior floor leader Paul 
Zeltwanger was a first team AII-MCC 
player, while 6-5 senior forward Worth 
Packer was a second team selection . 
Lancer head coach Jim Kessler was 
also honored in the conference, win- 
ning the Coach of the Year award. 
Kessler was also praised earlier in the 
year for 10 years of dedicated service. 
The Lancer mentor went over the 200 
win plateau during the season, and 
ended with a highly respectable 
203-126 mark. 

Graham, who is a NAIA All- 
American candidate, led the team in 
scoring, averaging 18.2 points an 
outing. This year's squad accom- 
plished a goal reached by only two 
other Lancer teams, reaching the 
NAIA title contest. Grace was 
defeated in the final by Taylor Univer- 
sity in a hotly contested ballgame in 
the Winona Lake gymnasium. 

Not to be overlooked, the Grace 
College Lady Lancers, under the 
direction of Jerry Ryman, finished the 
year with a fine 12-13 record. The 
team flirted with the .500 mark the en- 
tire season, falling under as Spring 
Arbor defeated them in the NCCAA 
playoffs. Rachel Jeffreys, daughter of 
Prof. Richard Jeffreys, was the team's 
leading scorer. 

Next year's squad should improve 
on the 12-13 record, with Cheryl Lan- 
caster and Lynda Kowatch the only 
two graduating seniors. The year of 
experience for a young team plus any 
new recruits could bring the ladies 
their first winning season in a number 
of years. 


For the past ten years, National 
Conference has opened with a Satur- 
day Night Concert. The concert has 
been sponsored by the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald as a means of saying 
'thanks' to our Fellowship of 

The concert this year will be 
presented by Tim Zimmerman and 
the King's Brass. This group has 
been in many of our Brethren 


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churches and has outstanding 
talent. The concert will be held on 
Saturday evening, August 1, at the 
Rodeheaver Auditorium, Winona 
Lake, Indiana. 


The Grace Schools Board of 
Trustees has appointed Dr. Ronald 
E. Manahan to the position of 
Academic Dean of Grace College, 
effective September 1, 1987. Dr. 
Manahan is replacing Dr. Vance A. 
Yoder, who announced last fall that 
he will be leaving Grace at the end 
of the current academic year. 

Dr. Manahan joined the faculty in 
1977 and has been chairman of the 
division of religion and philosophy 
and professor of Biblical studies. He 
also has chaired the departments of 
Biblical studies and philosophy. In 
1985, Dr. Manahan was appointed 
assistant academic dean and cur- 
riculum and faculty development 
coordinator. He also became a 
member of the adjunct faculty at 
Grace Theological Seminary last 

Dr. Manahan earned a diploma at 
Grand Rapids School of the Bible 
and Music in 1964, B.A. degree from 
Shelton College in 1967, and M.Div., 
Th.M., and Th.D. degrees from 
Grace Theological Seminary in 1970, 
1977, and 1982, respectively. 


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They can be used on your next trip 
to help cut expenses. The dollars are 
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Agency in the Winona Lake-Warsaw, 
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students at Grace Schools will be in- 
terested in this program -- the Travel 
Dollars are transferrable and will be 
good for one year from date of pur- 
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receive one travel dollar for each 
$50.00 in purchases, and individuals 
will receive one Travel Dollar for 
each $20.00 in purchases. The 
Travel Dollars will be issued with all 
purchases made after March 15. 


VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican 
condemned all forms of test-tube 
births, surrogate motherhood and 
experimentation on living embryos, 
declaring that the human body can- 
not be treated as a "mere complex 
of tissues and organs." 

The church also rejected as morally 
illicit cloning, attempts to fashion 
animal-human hybrids, freezing of 
embryos and planting of human em- 
bryos in artificial and animal uteruses. 

Central to the Vatican's reasoning 
are two principles espoused by the 
church -- that the life of every human 
being must be respected from the 
moment of conception, and that the 
only acceptable way to give birth to 
a child is through natural sexual acts 
between married couples. 

GALLUP POLL -- A majority of 
Americans revere the Bible, but only 
11 percent of those surveyed in a na- 
tionwide Gallup Poll read the Bible 
each day. This number is down from 
a peak of 15 percent in 1982, but is 
up slightly from 10 percent in 1944. 
The poll also reveals that 22 percent 
of Americans never read the Bible. 

UTAH -- Early dating may lead to ear- 
ly sex for the nation's teenagers, said 
two Utah college professors who 
studied more than 2,400 teens. The 
younger a girl begins dating, the more 
likely she is to have sex before 
graduating from high school. 

Only 300 copies 

remain of this book, 

the story of 

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You Can't Get All of the 
Birds Out of the Trees 

The cool of Indiana and the 
warmth of Hawaii serve as a 
testing of one's wisdom. Which is 
the best place to be when such a 
contrast is so apparent? As a 
shepherd for 48 other such per- 
sons who were confronted with 
such a decision, we decided on 
Hawaii. The choice proved to be 
a wise one and so we headed out 
in search of some weather 
related relief. I assure you we 
were not disappointed. 

I have learned that such an ex- 
perience opens for one new 
points of observation. Again, I 
was not disappointed, because as 
my wife and I left our hotel one 
day a lesson in behavior unfold- 
ed before my eyes. Our hotel was 
opposite the city park at Waikiki 
Beach. A gentleman appeared 
with a bag of bird seed. It must 
have been a regular occurrence, 
because his presence attracted 

There were about a hundred 
and fifty pigeons in the trees and 
when the man appeared, many 
left their perches and flew to the 
spot of feeding. As he distributed 
the food on the ground, more left 
their perch and flew to the feast. 
A few more birds who had to be 
convinced, flew over the site, 
returned to their perch and then 
flew to the feeding area. 

However, bird nature being 
what it is, some of the skeptics 
needed more encouragement 
before giving in to the free lunch. 
What really caught my attention 
were the full-blown skeptics - a 
few birds that sat on the limbs of 
the trees and did not move. They 
were not about to move and it did 
not matter what the cir- 
cumstances were . . . they were 
absolutely immovable. 

by Charles W. Turner 

Since we were headed for 
breakfast, my wife encouraged 
me to keep that commitment, 
but I wanted to wait for the final 
results. Would the skeptics give 
in? Besides. I said to June "I 
think there is an editorial here." 

Experience has taught me a 
lesson that is well illustrated in 
the saga of the birds ... it is dif- 
ficult to get all of the birds off 
their perches. For any who have 
worked in the role of leadership 
in the church and have sought to 
get persons involved in the work 
of the Lord, I think you will get 
the picture. All types of motiva- 
tion are used. We first start with 
the reminder that the Lord has 
encouraged us to work and labor 
for Him. Some leave their perch 
and get down into the arena of 
activity. Others like to hold back, 

fly by the scene and see if there 
are others who are going to do it. 
If their friends will, they might 
try it. 

Some of the not-so-committed 
take a look and return to the 
perch. There are always a few 
who just will not even allow 
themselves to be tempted about 
a commitment. They are not 
about to leave the perch. This is 
not for them - even though it 
may be alright for others. 

So, if you are a leader and need 
some followers - remember, you 
can't get all of the birds out of the 
tree. Take the group willing to get 
involved and get busy for the 
Lord. If you wait for everyone, 
then all of your time and life will 
spent in waiting. The work will 
not get done. M 

HERALD/ May 15, 1981 


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A wife of noble character who can find? 
She is worth far more than rubies. 

Her husband has full confidence in her 
and lacks nothing of value. 

She brings him good, not harm, 
all the days of her life. 

She selects wool and flax 
and works with eager hands. 

She is like the merchant ships, 
bringing her food from afar. 

She gets up while it is still dark; 
she provides food for her family 
and portions for her servant girls. 

She considers afield and buys it; 
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 

She sets about her work vigorously; 
her arms are strong for her tasks. 

She sees that her trading is profitable, 
and her lamp does not go out at night. 

In her hand she holds the distaff 
and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 

She opens her arms to the poor 
and extends her hands to the needy. 

When it snows, she has no fear for her household; 
for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 

She makes coverings for her bed; 
she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 

Her husband is respected at the city gate, 
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 

She makes linen garments and sells them, 
and supplies the merchants with sashes. 

She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
she can laugh at the days to come. 

She speaks with wisdom, 
and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 

She watches over the affairs of her household 
and does not eat the bread of idleness. 

her children arise and call her blessed: 
her husband also, and he praises her: 

"Many women do noble things, 
but you surpass them all." 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; 
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 

Give her the reward she has earned, 
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. 

Proverbs 31:10-31 (NIV) 

Lord, I thank you for my mother. 
Her love for me is like no other. 

Her love for you is greater still, 
Christ's example for me to fill. 

Her ways are grounded in your Word. 
Your truth her belt, Spirit her sword. 

On her feet the gospel of peace. 
Her prayers your power release. 

Lord, enable me to be, too. 
A mother whose deeds mirror you. 

Works containing your compassion. 
Putting your love into action. 

Raising children who call your name 
In praise, in joy, their fears to tame. 

On Mother's Day, O Lord, we pray, 
Give us wisdom day after day. 

Keep us steadfast in your true Word, 
Your truth our belt, Spirit our sword. 

Raeann Hart 


The following excerpts from Religion in Review provided by the Evangelical Press 
Association are continued from the April Herald. 

Religion in Review 

by Doug Trouten 

Supreme Court 

In heaven God balances things out, but in the 
United States that job belongs to the U.S. Supreme 
Court -- the closest thing we have to deity. The 
Court had a busy year, settling some religion- 
related issues and agreeing to consider others. 

The Court ruled that a Jewish military 
chaplain's constitutional right to wear the yar- 
mulke required by his faith was less important 
than the military's right to maintain a uniform 
dress code. The Court also ruled that an American 
Indian's religious objection to the use of social 
security numbers was superceded by the govern- 
ment's interest in using the number for ad- 
ministration of welfare benefits. 

On the other hand, the Court ruled for blind 
ministerial student Larry Witters, who had been 
denied state aid because he attended a religious 
school. A challenge brought by a student religious 
group that had been denied permission to use 
public school facilities for their meetings was also 
decided in favor of "equal access" for the Chris- 
tians bringing the challenge, but both cases were 
decided on narrow grounds, making their value as 
precedent negligible. 

The Court upheld a Georgia sodomy law, ruling 
that the U.S. Constitution contained no guarantee 
of a right to homosexual activity, but refused to 
rule on the sodomy law as it applied to hetero- 
sexual couples. 

In the abortion battle, the Court continued its 
policy of placing the right to an abortion ahead of 
any other concern, including the right of a patient 
to have access to valid medical data. The Court 
struck down a Pennsylvania law which required 
doctors to provide women seeking abortions with 
detailed information about risks and alternatives, 
ruling that providing even accurate medical infor- 
mation about abortion could discourage the prac- 
tice, thereby limiting a woman's right to abortion. 
Although the Pennsylvania decision was a defeat 
for pro-life forces, the 5-4 vote on the case was 
hailed as a sign that the Court was drifting closer 
to pro-life positions, and pro-lifers rejoiced in the 
hope that one more appointment to the Supreme 
Court could turn the abortion issue around. 

That chance for an appointment came, but 
didn't make an immediate difference. Chief Justice 
Warren Burger, who was part of the original pro- 
abortion majority in 1973's Roe v. Wade but had 
begun dissenting from pro-abortion decisions, 
decided to step down as Chief Justice. President 
Ronald Reagan chose Justice William Rehnquist 
to succeed Burger as Chief Justice, and appointed 
Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Antonin 
Scalia to fill the vacancy created by Rehnquist's 

The Rehnquist Court has its share of religion- 
related cases in the current session. The court has 
heard arguments for and against a Louisiana law 
requiring public schools to give creation-science 
balanced treatment if evolution is presented. The 
Court will examine whether government run air- 
ports can prohibit distribution of literature in term- 
inals by religious and political groups. The right 
of a Seventh-day Adventist to stay home from work 
on the Sabbath will be pondered, as will the civil 
rights of persons suffering with contagious 
diseases - a case likely to affect the rights of AIDS 


So what was 1986 all about? Like the meaning 
of the cryptic question posed by Dan Rather 's 
assailants, the world may never know. But as Cor- 
rie ten Boom said, "Every experience God gives us, 
every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect 
preparation for the future that only He can see' 

IRALD/ May 15, 1987 


Man's Tragedy -- 

God's Triumph 

by Dr. Richard Mayhue 

Most dramatically, I learned of the value of life and posses- 
sions on April 17, 1975, when the Khmer Rouge invaded 
Phnom Penh, and within 48 hours Samoeun and I owned 
nothing but the clothes on our backs and the few possessions 
we had stuffed in our car. Eventually, of course, we lost the 
car and its contents, and later lost my watch and wedding 
band. Rarely, during our four years did Samoeun and I ever 
have shoes for our feet. (Vek Huong Thing, Ordeal in Cambodia, 
Here's Life Publishers, 1980). 

That's how Grace Cambodian Church (GCC) 
began. Unbelievable suffering and violence 
marked the starting trail which led Pastor Taing 
and his wife to Long Beach. In a sense, the Viet- 
nam War and associated conflicts have been one 
of the greatest contributors to church planting op- 
portunities in our city. 

dear Cambodian lady attended our church and 
sparked a fresh idea in the minds of Jay Bell, our 
Missions Pastor, and Mikal Smith who ministers 
to international students. Further encouragement 
came as a result of periodic meetings with Huong, 
then a student at Grace Graduate School (MABS, 

From these encounters, Grace Brethren Church 
Long Beach began an outreach to Cambodian 
neighborhoods north of our church in the fall of 
1985. Because Mikal was not fluent in Cambodian 
(neither were his ministry teammates Guy and 
Vicki Johnson), they focused primarily on 
children, but church planting remained our goal. 

At one point, the Bible classes included as many 
as 60 children and teens age 3-18, but few adults 
attended. After many months, Mikal reached high 
levels of frustration. Very honestly, I had serious 
doubts if this interesting beginning would lead to 
a church. 

Samoeun and Vek Huong Taing. 

. . . God wants to turn another 
human tragedy into a triumph in\ 
the church for his glory. 

Today, the second largest Cambodian population 
in the world calls Long Beach their home. Instead 
of training and sending missionaries out at costs 
which run to six digits, Grace Cambodian Church 
sprang forth in September 1986 for less than 
$1,000. Because God's sovereign hand directs 
history, a special church planting possibility had 
come our way. 

The seed germinated in March 1985 when a 

Then God made a provision. While our own 
disappointed hearts yearned for a fruitful work, 
Huong's supervisors with Campus Crusade for 
Christ told him to change his strategy - to be more 
singleminded. Then he looked to Grace Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, because all along we had 
been willing to give and serve while asking foi 
nothing in return. 

In August 1986, Jay and Mikal met with Eric 
Denial, Dan Pryor and Huong to talk about | 


HERALD/ May 15, 1! 


possible joint venture in church planting. After 
concluding that our theology and philosophy of 
church planting were compatible, Grace Cambo- 
dian Church began to take shape. 

When asked what he thought about foot- 
washing, Huong responded, "Why not? It's in the 
Bible!" He went on to recount how in the last days 
before Phnom Penh fell (April 1975), his brother 
Chhire, a major in Lon Nol's army, washed the feet 
of his closest Christian friends because that was 
what Jesus did when he knew death was certain. 
Shortly thereafter Chhire became a victim of that 
gruesome war. 

Grace Cambodian Church held its first service 
on September 28, 1986 with over 40 adults and 
teens along with more than 30 children. By 
January 1987, the number of adults and teens had 
about doubled. The adult services are held in our 
chapel due to language barriers, but the children 
who learn English in the schools integrate nicely 
into our normal Sunday School activities. An 
average of 60 Cambodian teens meet on Friday 
night for fellowship and evangelism opportunities. 

Grace Cambodian Church leaders. 

Huong is assisted not only by Mikal Smith but 
also by Campus Crusade staffers Eric and Jane 
Denial, Bob and Liz Hand plus Kim McCollom. 
They share offices with our pastoral staff to en- 
courage as much interaction as possible. Pastor 
Taing is now preparing for the Licensure exam in 
the Southern California/Arizona District. 

Not satisfied with a good beginning, plans are 
being developed for outreach and church planting 
among other Cambodian population centers in 
America. Step one is a leadership conference for 
Cambodian pastors. This historic conclave at 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach in July 
1987 is designed to put in motion both a national 
and international outreach. Targets will include 

Cambodian communities on the West Coast and 
Texas plus an international effort in Australia and 

Currently, the entire English speaking staff of 
GCC is involved in a three month, immersion 
language acquisition program called Language Ac- 
quisition Made Practical (LAMP). This program 
saturates their minds in the language, and forces 
them into the community to make contact and 
develop friendships with Cambodians. 

On the patio at the Grace Cambodian Church. 

In time, men will be matured in ministry and 
sent out to plant churches in America. Sending a 
Cambodian Christian leader back to Cambodia 
and planting a church in their beloved homeland 
is the ultimate dream. 

We thank God for the unique circumstances in 
our own "Jerusalem" that allowed us to reach out 
and be foreign missions minded without leaving 
home. This kind of ministry is not for every 
church, neither is the same opportunity found in 
most population centers. However, we would en- 
courage you to look at your part of the vineyard 
and see if God is giving you a similar kind of 
unique opportunity. It could be that God wants to 
turn another human tragedy into a triumph in the 
church for His glory (Eph. 3:20-21). 

Dr. Richard Mayhue is pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church. Long Beach. CA. He is a 
graduate of Ohio State University IB.S.I and Grace 
Theological Seminary (Th.D.). and served for three 
years as a professor at Grace Seminary. From 1980 
until 1984 he was on the pastoral staff of the Grace 
Community Church. Panorama City. CA. as a 
associate of Dr. John MacArthur He is the author 
of several books, including Divine Healing Today. 
and How to Interpret the Bible for Yo urself. 

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The Evolution of 
John Whitcomb 

It was 1943. John Whitcomb, nearing the end 
of his freshman year at Princeton University, faced 
a conflict he had never experienced. 

The young man had just become a Christian. 
Now there was a new tension in his life, a tension 
between his newfound faith on the one hand and 
something he had always believed on the other. 
John Whitcomb was an evolutionist. Not just 
because evolution was popular. He really believed 
it. And the Genesis account contradicted evolu- 
tionary theory. That was the tension. 

John Whitcomb grew up in a society that almost 
canonized teacher John Scopes and lawyer 
Clarence Darrow, the evolutionists who won the 
famous Scopes trial in 1925. As far as most people 
were concerned, the two of them in that Tennessee 

by Joel Curry 

courtroom had rescued the nation from the 
shackles of Middle Ages thinking and outdated 

The system that had educated young John 
fervently preached the evolution gospel. He had 
been indoctrinated in its tenets. Now he was at an 
Ivy League university, where no one doubted 
mankind's origin in the world of amoebae, fishes, 
and apes. Yes, evolution was a part of him. And un- 
til then, it had been the only option. "I was an 
evolutionist," he recalls, "and that was it." 

The tension was not one he could shrug off. He 
remembers asking himself, "How can I really take 
Genesis to be literally true - that is, from God, in- 
spired - if everything I've ever known, everything 
I've ever been taught, everything I've ever read said 


HERALD/ May 15, 198 


the opposite?" To John Whitcomb, the authority 
of Scripture rested on the answer to that question. 
"If the foundation was destroyed -- namely Genesis 
-- everything else topples, the whole super- 

To say that John Whitcomb came to grips with 
the new tension in life would understate the facts. 
In his latest book, a revision of The Early Earth. 
Whitcomb -- today it is Dr. Whitcomb -- writes, "In 
my own case, while studying historical geology 
and paleontology at Princeton University, I was 
totally committed to evolutionary perspectives. 
Since then, however, I have discovered the biblical 
concept of ultimate origins to be far more satisfy- 
ing in every respect." Scientifically, he adds, evolu- 
tion is an absurdity. 

Dr. Whitcomb today is a well-known speaker, 
author, and educator, and biblical creationism is 
one of his specialties. Professor of Theology and 
Old Testament at Grace Theological Seminary, he 
holds a degree in history from Princeton and three 
degrees from Grace, including his Th.D. Half of 
the dozen books to his credit deal with the subject 
of biblical creationism. 

Dr. Whitcomb reads and writes constantly. He 
is presently involved in revising two other works, 
with at least one more book awaiting his attention. 
He edits the Grace Theological Journal, teaches 
at Grace Theological Seminary, travels the world 
on lecture tours, serves as a trustee for the Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missionary Society, and is presi- 
dent of the Spanish-World Gospel Mission. 

His only day off in months came in January, 
when the flight he and his wife, Norma, were 
taking to Brazil was delayed for 29 hours in Miami. 
The airline put them in a hotel during the delay. 
"We took walks around and we relaxed, wrote let- 
ters, prayed for our loved ones and our friends, and 
just said, 'Thank you, Lord. You knew we were ex- 
hausted. We needed this time before the big push 
to Brazil. Thank you.'" 

It's not that Dr. Whitcomb is a workaholic, seek- 
ing notoriety or wealth with the creation message. 
It's serving the Lord that motivates him in his busy 
schedule. "We will never be totally submitted to 
our Lord until we see Him as He is. But in the 
meantime we can emulate at least the Apostle 
John, who was the one that Jesus loved because 
he was a very, very dedicated man. That's why our 
Lord could entrust to him His own mother, Mary 
He could entrust to him seeing some of the 
marvelous miracles like the mount of transfigura- 
tion and to be with Him at Gethsemane and to 
write the last book of the Bible. 

"So, you sort of have to say, 'Well, no, John wasn't 
perfect. But his is a level to aim at.'" 

Creationism is not the key issue between the 
Christian and the unbeliever. Dr. Whitcomb em- 
phatically points out. But the topic may be an area 
of common interest between the two, and for that 

reason Christians should learn all they can about 
God as creator. From that common interest can 
spring a friendship and trust. And that may result 
in an openness to the real gospel message. 

"But if creationism is used to try to convert 
people, it will fail. The natural man, no matter how 
brilliant, no matter his Ph.D., receives not the 
things of the spirit of God. You don't avalanche him 
with materials on the creationist perspective, 
because he doesn't even know who God is. And 
until the blindness is removed by the miracle of 
regeneration, then Satan has not only closed his 
eyes to creationism, but also to Christ, and you are 
therefore talking to a stone wall. 

"So how do I get him to have spiritual discern- 
ment? Through regeneration. And how do I get 
people regenerated? Preach the gospel in season 
and out. Pray for them. Live a godly life. Show 
loving concern. Just sort of bypass all of their 
arguments and keep focusing on their heart. Sow 
the seeds, and the Spirit of God will bring them 
to repentance." 

It has been 45 years since John Whitcomb first 
struggled with creationism as a young Christian. 
Over those years, Dr. Whitcomb says he has 
witnessed an ironic, even humorous, turn of 

"That's where God has His victories 
in regenerate, illumined, 
enlightened, committed people 
who are going to go out and preach 
the Word." 

"It's almost laughable. On the one hand, today 
there are so-called 'evangelical' theologians who 
are saying evolution is true so Genesis must be 
evolution in story form. And, on the other hand, 
there are secular, godless, atheistic evolutionists 
who are saying that they are getting disillusioned 
because they can't seem to find any evidence for 
evolution. I have five books on my shelf written by 
scientists who have abandoned evolution." 

But the answer is not to be found in books, 
debates or courtrooms. "The answer is going to 
have to be settled in the hearts of God's people in 
the local churches where people come to grips 
with the total picture of God's reality, His authori- 
ty and sovereignty and holiness and His revelation 
in Scripture. 

"That's where God wins His victories - in 
regenerate, illumined, enlightened, committed 
people who are going to go out and preach the 

ERALD/ May 15, 1987 




. . . Still Alive 

and Well! 

by Ron E. Thompson 

Each morning as the world begins to stir, Jack 
and Rexella Van Impe slip quietly into their office 
at home and start to work. There are always let- 
ters to read and answer. Mail arrives daily at the 
Van Impe Ministries headquarters in Royal Oak, 
Michigan. There are TV interviews to prepare and 
articles to write for their bi-monthly magazine, 
Perhaps Tbday. Thousands of pieces of literature 
are sent out each year to churches and individuals 
who write and request them. 

These activities, although important, are not 
considered the most vital part of the Van Impes' 
day. Their first priority is the time devoted to 
prayer and reading, studying and memorizing 
Scripture. Dr. Van Impe has come to be known as 
"The Walking Bible", having memorized more 
than 10,000 Bible verses - the equivalent of the 
entire New Testament. He believes that saturation 
of the mind with God's Word is the best way to stay 
in tune with God and the greatest defense against 
straying from His will. 

Although Dr. and Mrs. Van Impe both came from 
Christian homes, Jack's family did not become 
Christians until he was 12. As a teenager, he ac- 
cepted God's call to enter full-time Christian 
ministry. His Christian service at first was musical. 
As an accomplished accordianist, he provided 
music for crusades and services while he attend- 
ed Detroit Bible College (now William Tyndale Col- 
lege). In 1952, Jack went into full-time ministry, 
holding evangelistic crusades in local churches 
across the country. It was during a crusade that 
he met Rexella, an accomplished musician and 
soloist. For 32 years, the Van Impes ministered 
across the United States to more than 10 million 
people in over a thousand meetings and area wide 
crusades. In fact, they have conducted more mass, 
city wide crusades than any other evangelistic 
team in history. More than 500,000 people have 
accepted Christ through their ministry. 

In 1972, they expanded their ministry to include 
radio and today are heard on every continent 
through Trans World Radio. Since 1975, they have 
had 17 prime-time television specials, some of 

which earned them two Angel Awards by Religion 
in Media for "outstanding contribution to prime- 
time television programming." Those who write in 
seeking spiritual help are directed to a church in 
their own community and urged to attend. The 
pastor of the church is also notified to ensure that 
a follow-up contact is made. 

In recent years, the Van Impes' ministry has 
taken on a new direction. At a Sword of the Lord 
Conference, he made the following statement, "I 
can no longer tolerate the dissention and division 
occurring among the brethren. It hinders genuine 
revival and makes a mocking world reject the 
message of Christ. I will no longer go into areas 
for future evangelistic campaigns unless there is 
a new spirit of love and unity among our leaders." 
Unfortunately, the love and unity did not occur. In 
fact, his ministry came under attack. Finally, 
motivated by loving concern, Dr. Van Impe wrote 
a book entitled, Heart Disease in Christ's Body to 
answer his critics. He sees himself entering a new 
era with a double-barreled message -- calling lost 
sinners to Christ, and calling the fractured 
members of Christ's Body to love and 
togetherness. Dr. Van Impe firmly believes that if 
the world could see the true love of God in those 
who call themselves Christians, the greatest 
revival in history would sweep t,he world. 

The new direction of Jack Van Impe Ministries 
indicates that there is a useful and definite place 
for mass evangelism in local churches and in area 
wide crusades. This past spring, 14 of our Grace 
Brethren Churches joined with other fundamen- 
talist groups for a united crusade in Altoona, Penn- 
sylvania. Besides future nationwide TV specials 
and an annual schedule of 20 crusades, the Van 
Impes have asked the Lord to allow them to win 
1,000,000 souls before Christ calls them home! 

Ron E. Thompson is the President of the Brethren 
Evangelistic Ministries. 


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the Need 

of the Women 

of Tomorrow 

by Mrs. Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

The mighty oak does not attain its full 
growth overnight, nor does the whisper- 
ing pine on the mountain side reach its 
glorious height and beauty in a fort- 
night. True beauty and value is not the 
result of an hour's activity nor of a 
week's program. Eternal ideals are only 
attained by growing in the grace of God 
through proper vision, practical values 
and personal example. 

Proper Vision 

"Where there is no vision, the people 
perish: but he that keepeth the law, 
happy is he." Prov. 29:18. 

Is life only a span of three score years 
and ten, ended so soon with the call of 
death? Or, is your life like an unfinished 
symphony, in which God takes the 
beautiful chords of a well-balanced 
Christian life and blends them with His 
power and grace to influence those today 
who will be the women of tomorrow? If 
we live only for today, and fail to 
manifest a positive influence for Christ 
to those who would follow after us, our 
vision is narrow and short-sighted, and 
we are miserable. 

Do you have a vision of lovely Chris- 
tian women full of grace and truth when 
you see those sometimes awkward, half- 
grown girls about you? Christ, for the joy that was 
set before Him endured the Cross. He saw our vile 
natures changed by His power, seated with Him 
in glory, robed in His righteousness, fellowshipping 
with Him for aye. If we live as though the joy of life 
is a beautiful home, fine clothes, and a life of 
smoothness and ease, we can be fully guaranteed 
we will stand at the judgement seat of Christ emp- 
ty handed, ashamed. 

The "Doughnut Woman" began selling 
doughnuts on the streets of Genoa, Italy, at the age 
of fourteen. She saved $2,000 which she spent for 
a life-sized statue of herself. She had it erected in 

the famous Camp Santo cemetery, and daily 
thereafter, with morbid pride, she spent hours 
looking at her lifeless self in stone. What an emp- 
ty vision! Yet, many a woman has left such a record 
behind her at death because she did not have eter- 
nity's values in view. 

Proper Values 

"Aunty Jack" was an ex-slave whom at the close 
of the war between the States was homeless and 
penniless. She became a cook in one of the frater- 
nity houses at Denison University. When one of the 


HERALD/ May 15, 19* 


fraternity boys wanted to enter the ministry and 
did not have money to continue his education, she 
paid his way with her meager savings. He became 
a courageous minister of the gospel, and daily 
thereafter "Aunty Jack" looked with spiritual pride 
upon her more abundant self in this "living stone." 
Long after she had gone to be with her Lord, her 
influence was speaking for Jesus Christ, all 
because she placed proper values for the service 
of her life. 

Personal Example 

Our girls today are skeptical, and rightly so. So 
much of life is artificial, glazed with glittering 
allurements which turn to ashes when tried by 
God's judgment fire. Far too often we shatter our 
testimonies in a moment of time through a fit of 
temper, words of jealousy, malice, hatred, 
selfishness; revealing that earthly treasures have 
a greater grip on our hearts than God's grace. 
When we are genuine and not make-believers in 
Christ, we will stand the test in times of crisis and 
our girls will have the greatest good we can give 

When I was ten years old, my Sunday School 
teacher wrote in my autograph album: 

"It is easy to be sweet 

when life goes along like a song. 

But the girl worthwhile, 

is the girl who can smile. 

When everything goes dead wrong!" 

That goes for us mothers too! 

There is a beautiful story of songbirds being 
brought to this country years ago on an old sail- 
ing vessel, 36,000 of them, mostly canaries. When 
the ship set sail, the sea was as smooth as glass; 
but after several days, a storm arose that beat 
against the ship in great fury. The passengers were 
frightened. But a strange thing occurred. When 
the tempest had reached what seemed to be its 
crest, those birds pulled their little heads from 
under their wings and each began to sing until 
nearly every one of those 36,000 birds were sing- 
ing as if their throats would burst. 

If we are to supply the need of the women of 
tomorrow, we must set such examples before our 
girls that they will commune with the Lord daily; 
that they will seek the Lord's will for every detail 
of their lives and fulfill the purpose of their Creator 
and loving Savior. And take heart - God gives us 
the power and strength for this otherwise 
impossible task. 

"Strengthened with all might, according 

to his glorious power, unto all patience 

and longsuffering with joyfulness:" 

Col. 1:11 

I believe in the brook as it wanders 

From hillside into glade; 
I believe in the breeze as it whispers 

When evening's shadows fade. 
' I believe in the roar of the river 

As it dashes from high cascade: 
I believe in the cry of the tempest 

'Mid the thunder's cannonade. 
I believe in the light of shining stars: 

I believe in the sun and the moon. 
I believe in the flash of lightning: 

I believe in the night bird's croon. 
I believe in the faith of the flowers, 

I believe in the rock and sod: 
For in all of these appeareth clear 

The handiwork of God. 


"In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, and the 
Word was God. He was with God in 
the beginning. 

"Through him all things were 
made; without him nothing was 
made that has been made. In him 
was life, and that life was the light 
of men." 

John 1:1-4 (NIV) 

RALD/ May 15, 1987 



Biblical Basis 
for Christian Social Action 

An interview with Don Shoemaker by Raeann Hart 

"We need a bigger vision of who God is," Don 
Shoemaker is paraphrasing a portion of John Stott's 
2 volumes on social involvement. "We have made 
our God too small, because we have made Him too 
"religious'. Everything is sacred, because everything 
belongs to God. God is the God of Creation as well 
as the God of Covenant. He is the God of Justice as 
well as the God of Justification. We need a bigger 
vision of the church. We have a double identity. We 
are a holy people called out of the world and a world- 
ly people sent back into the world." 

Don Shoemaker has consented to an interview 
for the Herald in between his talks to seminary 
students at Grace Theological Seminary. He is 
sharing what he calls the "Canons of Christian 
Social Ethics". Don comments, "One problem with 
the church is that Christians aren't 'worldly' 
enough." How then can we become a holy people 
called out of the world and a worldly people sent 
back into the world? Don shared several in- 
teresting points. 

1 . God is the Lord of all the earth and every 
nation. He is not just the God of the chosen 
people. He is the God of everybody. 

2. All nations are responsible to obey a basic 
ethic. God's commandments are not just given to 
His own spiritual children, but are His will for all 
humanity. In the first two chapters of Amos, God 
talks of the sins of the surrounding nations before 
he talks about Israel's immorality. God's com- 
mandments are beneficial for all humanity. 

3. Our government is established by God and 
is here to encourage good, discourage evil and 
to protect our life and property. Romans 13:1 
states, "Everyone must submit himself to the 
governing authorities, for there is no authority 
except that which God has established. The 
authorities that exist have been established by 
God." Verse 4b continues. "He is God's servant, 
an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the 

4. Even a heathen city is expected by God to 
help the needy and the poor. Ezekiel 16:49,50 
says. "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: 
She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed 
and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and 

needy. They were haughty and did detestable 
things before me. Therefore I did away with them 
as you have seen." Sodom had abundant food and 
careless ease and was condemned because they 
were unconcerned about social needs. 

Don continued, "In its own historical and 
political setting, the New Testament clearly told 
Christians to PRAY. PAY AND OBEY. That was 
about all they could do during that time. They 
were powerless. They couldn't vote and had an 
autocratic government. We have the opportunity 
to participate in our government. We have the 
capacity to have a lot greater influence than the 
early Christians had. To pray, pay and obey is the 
minimal response we should make to our govern- 
ment, not the maximal. We should do everything 
we can and recognize our ability to have power 
beyond prayer. The least we can do is to vote. 

"God is working in the lives of non-Christians 
to produce civic righteousness. We should rejoice 
in this. Just because a politician is a Christian 
doesn't mean he should be supported if he isn't 

Don shared the different degrees of political 

1. Permission 

We have the right to carry out our own activities. 
Permission means to have worship when and 
where we choose. Permission would include our 
right to raise our children according to our values. 
An example of this is spanking. It is very difficult 
for the courts to walk the thin line between 
discipline of children and child abuse, but the 
basic right of loving discipline should be ours by 
permission. Permission involves our right to place 
our children in a private Christian school instead 
of a public school if that is our choice. 

2. Persuasion 

Persuasion falls in the middle. This includes our 
freedom of speech in legal issues. We have the right 
to be persuasive in our opinions and values. 

3. Imposition 

When the safety of the whole society is being 
jeopardized by an individual's freedom, we must 
act. When a moral issue is so critical we need to 


HERALD/ May 15, 198) 


impose our ethics on another, we 
must resort to imposition. We 
should not do this often, and it 
should be done with great care and 
only when necessary. Examples of 
the need to impose our morals in the 
political area for the good of the 
whole society include: 

• Child Abuse 

• Hard Core Pornography 

• Slavery 

• The Sanctity of Life 
Protecting the unborn as well as 

the disabled and aging from 
euthanasia and abortion is an im- 
portant issue involving the right to 

• Drunk Driving 

• Communicable Diseases 

We have a moral right to impose 
what is scientifically appropriate, 
but not necessarily our moral 
values or lifestyles. It is vitally im- 
portant for Christians to help im- 
pose the restrictions society needs. 

Mr. Shoemaker continued with 
several warnings to remember 
when striving to be a holy people 
sent back into the world. 


1. Don't identify the kingdom of 
God with a political movement 
or agenda. God is above 
everything. If we make God a 
political liberal or conservative, we 
deny His transcendence. 

2. Don't take Scripture out of 
context. We are often tempted to 
look for only verses that will sup- 
port our opinions. We must not use 
Scripture selectively. 

3. Don't hold an "all or nothing" mentality. 
God's standards are absolute, but politics 
sometimes makes us settle for half a loaf of bread. 
We should strive for God's perfect will, but accept 
the most we can get, even if it's not all we would 

A good example of this is the recent government 
recommendations regarding AIDS. They issued a 
statement that abstinence is best, however, if you 
won't settle for best, here are the safeguards that 
you should take. In a sinful world, there are peo- 
ple who won't follow what is best. Moses had to 
deal with the subject of divorce in a similar 
fashion. God willed there to be no separation be- 
tween husband and wife, but when that happened, 
Moses gave them the instruction on the next best 
steps to take. 

4. Avoid the trap of Civil Religion. Civil Religion 
is the use of religion by the state for its own 

purposes. Our nation's Civil beliefs give our coun- 
try meaning and destiny and tilt vaguely toward 
Christian values while entoning "Nature's God." 
Our myth is that our nation was founded by God- 
fearing men and is fulfilling a Manifest Destiny. 
This is expressed in "neutral" prayers that unlike 
Biblical faith avoid mentioning Christ, and settle 
for nominal "God talk" such as "In God We Trust". 
An example of the trap of Civil Religion is the 
issue of School prayer. Putting the type of prayer 
that might as well begin "To Whom it May Con- 
cern" back in public schools is a victory for 
polytheism and civil religion not for Christianity. 
If that is accomplished what have we won? 
5. Our loyalty to a secular movement should 
never be greater than our loyalty to others in 
the body of Christ. Our deepest ties should bc 
to those in the body of Christ, even if we differ from 
them politically. 

RALD/ May 15, 1987 




1. Be fair to those you oppose. Don't use 
dishonest characterizations and hyperbole. Repre- 
sent the opposition's view so carefully that they 
could say, "Yes. That's what I mean!" 

2. Get the facts. Be sure your information, on 
issues is current and not slanted by one side or the 

Don shared an instance when he had to decline 
a request to represent a group opposing the use 
of curriculum before the California State Board of 
Education. Don had only 2 days to study the op- 
posed curriculum before the meeting. Don 
declined, because there was no way he could in- 
telligently study and oppose the curriculum in the 
amount of time available. 

3. Establish a Social Concerns Committee in 
your church. The goals of this committee could 

• Influencing legislation by: 

• writing letters 

• making personal visits to legislators 

• making phone calls 

• Ministering to women with problem 

• Having a Christian voice in the community. 
The Grace Community Church of Seal Beach 

has recently formed a Social Actions Committee. 
It is chaired by an elder and involves church 
members. They volunteer at a local pregnancy 
crisis center and a home for unwed mothers as well 
as other social activities. Positions on moral issues 
may be taken by the Board of Elders. 

Don Shoemaker shares his dreams for Chris- 
tians to be a holy people called out of the world 
and a worldly people sent back into the world. He 
encourages us to look to the future. Don shared the 
following prayer with all of us. 

"Lord, we occupy until you come. We know that 
as we await you, we are to do justice and love kind- 
ness for this is good and is what you require. Even 
so, come quickly, Lord Jesus." S3 

Fellowship News 

Donald P. Shoemaker is the Senior Pastor of the 
Grace Community Church of Seal Beach in 
California. He is also the Chairman of the Social 
Concerns Committee of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

Volunteers To Build 

Construction superintendent Wilbur Cook, left, and Rev. 
Larry Wedertz, superintendent of the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission, Counselor, NM, look over plans for the 
proposed Angie Garber Missionary Residence at the Mis- 
sion. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring us- 
ing primarily volunteer labor. Fund raising for the project 
is underway, with a signed, limited edition print of the 
famous painting, "Waiting for a Ride," by R. Brownel 
McGrew, available to donors who give $200 or more. For 
more information, contact Grace Brethren Home Missions, 
Box 587, Winona Lake, IN, 46590, or Grace Brethren 
Navajo Ministries, Counselor, NM, 87018. 

National News 

Poll - Schoolteachers were asked in 1940 to describe 
the top seven disciplinary problems they faced in the 
classroom. The problems: 

• making noise • talking 

• running in the halls • chewing gum 

• wearing improper clothing 

• not putting waste paper in the waste paper basket 
In the 1980s, educators were asked the same ques- 
tion by college researchers. Here are the top seven 
disciplinary problems that modern-day teachers must put 
up with: 

• rape • burglary 

• robbery • arson 

• assault • bombing 

• murder 

Obscenities -- A Los Angeles radio station, KPFK-FM, 
dropped an explicit talk-show that filled the airways with 
obscenities after complaints by listeners. In all, the Federa 
Communications Commission has been deluged by 
20,000 letters regarding indecent on-the-air language on 
various radio shows. 

Living Alone -- The number of people who are living 
alone has tripled since 1960, and most of the people whc 
live alone are singles, the Census Bureau reported. A lit- 
tle more than 21 million (close to 10 percent of the U.S 
population) live by themselves. 


HERALD/ May 15, 196 


Idea File 

One WMC is focusing on their 
)wn church-supported mis- 
sionaries in their meetings, 
rhey've been trying to get to 
mow them better and keep in 
:lose contact with them through 
etters, tapes, slide presentations, 
ind reports from the mis- 
sionaries. Even their local pro- 
ects have been geared to 
ninister to these missionaries, 
rhe entire church has been in- 
cluded in some of the projects. 
What a great way to get to know 
nissionaries better! 

The Fairlawn, Ohio, WMC 
vrites, "In March we donned our 
iprons and turned on the ovens 
is we turned our regular meeting 
ime into 'Baking Madness'. 
Ne baked cookies and brownies 
:o prepare cookie care packages 
or our college students away 
rom home. A lot of tasting took 
slace - for quality control. We 
emphasized prayer for these 
special people far from home and 
ve have received some special 
arayer requests from many of 

The Medina, Ohio, WMC has 
Deen gearing its meetings to go- 
ng around the world and getting 
:o know the missionaries better, 
rhey have learned about the 
/arious struggles with which the 
nissionaries are dealing. Each 
month they have traveled to 
i different country. A slide- 
ape presentation of the country 
las been shown and, if available, 
anguage tapes are used to 
demonstrate how the language 
sounds and how it is learned. 

Plus, one of this WMC's 
ti embers had a lupperware 
party. She donated all her pro- 
ceeds to the Ike Graham 

family for their Christmas love 
offering. The party was a big suc- 
cess and over $700 of merchan- 
dise was sold. This gave her $112 
to donate. 

Since WMCs are always look- 
ing for ideas for projects, the Can- 
ton, Ohio, WMC shared some of 
their projects. One meeting was 
held in a restaurant, and the 
older WMC ladies were luncheon 
guests. They also sent Moody 
Monthly subscriptions to the 
missionary families their church 
supports. For their college 
students, they sent McDonald's 
gift certificates. Other pro- 
jects have included a monetary 
gift to a local rescue mission, the 
giving of several gowns to the 
crisis pregnancy center, and hav- 
ing a food shower for a needy 
family. £9 


WMC Operation and 
Publication Expenses: 

Goal: $8,000. 

Due Date: 

Send before Sept. 10, 1987 

This offering is what keeps 
National WMC running. Our 
expenses are cared for out of 
this fund - it's our lifeblood. 

A Woman's Heart 

Today I cried, 

and felt release. 
Today I loved, 

and felt real peace. 
Today I laughed, 

and felt some rest. 

Today I grumbled, 
and felt depressed. 

Today I worried - 
forgot to trust. 

Today I argued, 
all bothered and fussed. 

Today I realized, 

my emotions are me. 
Today I prayed, 
and gave them to Thee. 
- Frances Beichler 
Northeastern Ohio WMC 

IALD/ May 15, 1987 


* 'Islam the Greatest Threat to 
Western Civilization*' 

by Dan Wooding 

Chief Correspondent 
Open Doors News Service 

Blackpool, England (ODNS) Youth With A 
Mission leader, Floyd McClung, believes Islam, 
with its one billion adherents worldwide, to be the 
"greatest threat to Western civilization that exists 

American-born McClung. 41. in an interview 
held during the Christian Booksellers Convention 
in Blackpool, England, said he believes that peo- 
ple in the West are so obsessed with the threat of 
communism that they fail to see the greater threat 
of militant Islam. 

"Communism is meek and mild compared with 
Islam," declared McClung, who was once a mis- 
sionary to Afghanistan and is now Executive Direc- 
tor of International Operations for YWAM based in 
Amsterdam. "Just try and think of what it's like 
to be a Christian in Russia compared with Libya. 
It's certainly much easier to be a Christian in 
Eastern Europe than in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan or 
Saudi Arabia. 

"We are talking about Islamic countries with on- 
ly a few hundred Christians, while in Eastern 
Europe we know there are millions of Christians." 

McClung says that Muslims have redefined 
Jihad, the Holy War. "Jihad," he stated, "was defin- 
ed as a 'Holy war' against one's enemies. It 
involved physical violence; now they are redefin- 
ing it for a spiritual meaning. So it is not just 
physical war, but it is a spiritual war with the step- 
ping up of the commitment in both Cairo and Mec- 
ca to train missionaries to make Islam the domi- 
nant force in the world. 

"I believe Islam is the greatest threat to Western 
civilization that exists today. Islam is an outlook- 
ing. evangelistic, aggressive, militant philosophy 
and religion." 

Kent Hart, Director of Field Ministries for the 
Zwemer Institute in Pasadena, California, also 
claims that Islam is no longer just a religion in the 
Middle Eastern desert. 

"Many American Christians are alarmed, even 
fearful, about developments such as these," Hart 
said. The Zwemer Institute, however, views these 
changes as "an excellent opportunity to reach out 
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by Ed Jackson 

Nehemiah had a burden for his homeland, and 
vhen he found the distress they were in, he wept, 
asted, and prayed before the Lord. 

The words of Nehemiah . . . "They said to me. 
Those who survived the exile and are back in the 
province are in great trouble and disgrace. The 
vail of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates 
lave been burned with fire.' When I heard these 
hings, I sat down and wept. For some days I 
nourned and fasted and prayed before the God 
>/ heaven." Nehemiah 1:3,4 (NIV) 

When was the last time we wept, fasted, and 
Drayed for our homeland? What has happened to 
)ur burden for this land of the free and home of 
he brave? Are we so close to the forest that we can 
lot see the trees? Matthew 28:19-20 is not just for 
he regions beyond, we are one of the nations of 
he world, as a matter of fact, a very unique na- 
ion in the world. We have 80,000,000 souls who 
:laim no church affiliation at all. We have 
mother 90,000,000 who are affiliated with a 
:hurch but are inactive. Only six other nations in 
;he world have a total population larger than 
30,000,000. That alone makes us unique. 

Sin is rampant in our land! One day's coverage 
jf the news in our country will confirm our fears. 
\Ve are not, as some seem to think, a Christian na- 
:ion. The secular family is on the verge of extinc- 
;ion, with one divorce to every two marriages. The 
Christian family, also, is being threatened these 
lays. Illegal drugs are epidemic. Immorality, what 
s that? Homosexuality is an accepted lifestyle in 
many areas. Romans 1:28-32 reads like the latest 
editorial in any local newspaper. 

"Furthermore, since they did not think it 
worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he 
gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what 
ought not to be done. They have become filled 
with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and 
depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, 
deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, 
God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they 
invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their 
parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, 
ruthless. Although they know God's righteous 
decree that those who do such things deserve 
death, they not only continue to do these very 
things but also approve of those who practice 
them." (Romans 1:28-32 NIV) 

Sound familiar? Yes, very! You see, there is great 
affliction, and, yes, we are a reproach. Yes, our 
walls are broken down, and our gates are burned 
with fire. 

Some years ago at national conference, a 
number of us pastors were talking to one of our 
veteran missionaries from the Central African 
Republic. We asked him what he felt was the 
greatest mission field today in the entire world. 
Being a well-traveled veteran missionary, we were 
anxious to hear his reply. He never hesitated, but 
said, "Without any question, it is the great 
American city." At the time I did not grasp the full 
significance of what he said, but now some 18 
years later, I see just how profound it was. He was 
right. The United States today is the greatest mis- 
sion field in the entire world. We have just not seen 
it in its very lost condition. We are so close to the 
forest that we can not see the trees. 

LA.LD/ May 15, 1987 



Please don't misunderstand. I love my country. 
I have served my country many years. I consider 
myself a flag waving patriot and I have several to 
wave with a collection dating back to the Civil War 
times. This burden that I have for my homeland 
became very vivid during the turbulent times in 
the late 1960s, and was brought to a head during 
the riots at Ohio State and Kent State in the spring 
of 1970. It was during these times that the Lord 
got my attention. On that one particular day the 
Lord allowed me to see the "'ruins and affliction" 
of our nation. He also showed me that all our laws 
would not correct the problem, for the problem is 
SIN. and there is only one answer to that problem 
- Jesus Christ. It was this truth which caused me 
to resign my commission with the Ohio State 
Troopers, after 22 years of service and make myself 
available for the Lord's troops. 

One day's coverage of the news in 
our country will confirm our fears. 
We are not, as some think, a 
Christian nation. 

The Grace Brethren Church today is a unique 
church. We believe the Bible to be God's word from 
Genesis to Revelation, and we teach it over the en- 
tire Fellowship. This is a great strength and makes 
us unique. We have the greatest opportunity today 
to reach out with the Gospel than has ever come 
our way. It is just a matter of how much of a burden 
we have for the lost in our homeland. 

Our concern for truth and constraining love for 
the lost has made the FGBC a missionary 
fellowship. This truth was vividly brought to my 
attention while pastoring the Grace Brethren 
Church in North Pole, Alaska (suburb of Fair- 
banks). We had just organized the church, and it 
was our first communion service. There were 11 
adults who attended despite 45-degree-below-zero 
temperatures outside. Inside our log home it was 
cozy, complete with candles burning brightly and 
a Christmas tree in the corner. We sang a hymn, 
prayed, read from the Scriptures, washed the 
saints' feet, had a love feast, and partook of the 
bread and cup. We then sang a hymn and went out 
into the night. We made Brethren history that 
evening, that being the furthest north that such 
a service had ever been conducted. (We were 150 
miles south of the Arctic circle.) 

A few days later, in 250 Years . . . Conquering 
Frontiers, by Homer Kent, Sr., I read the account 
of the first communion service ever conducted in 
the Colonies. I found out that there were many 
similarities. They were both on the frontier at the 
time, and both made Brethren history. The 
historical account says that there was a small 
group which met in a home, which could have 

been a log house with a sod roof, there were 
candles on the table, they sang a hymn, prayed, 
read Scriptures, washed the Saints' feet, had a love 
feast, partook of the Bread and Cup. They then 
sang a hymn and went out into the night. The 
only difference between was 260 years. The one 
in Germantown, Pennsylvania, was in December, 
1723, the one in North Pole, Alaska, was 
December, 1983. 

Why did it take us so long to get there? Fair- 
banks. Alaska, is the second largest city in the 
state. It is the educational center and is one of the 
older communities in Alaska. When I arrived, all 
the mainline churches were there, and I don't 
think any cults had missed it either. They were all 
in force and functioning. There are other places 
just like it; 16 states in our homeland where we 
do not have a Grace Brethren Church. 

Paul said it is the "love of Christ which con- 
straineth me." This was his driving force, that 
which compelled, or thrust him forth as a mis- 
sionary church planter. He also said he did it for 
the furtherance of the Gospel, meaning as a 
church planter he was on the cutting edge, prepar- 
ing the way for others to follow. 

As I look at Acts 1:8, it's clear we have a great 
challenge in our Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and 
in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the 
earth, which certainly includes our homeland. 

Jesus said the harvest is great, but the laborers 
are few, pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the Harvest, 
that he would send forth laborers into his harvest. 

We have the greatest opportunity 
today to reach out with the Gospel 
than has ever come our way. It is 
just a matter of how much of a 
burden we have for the lost in our 

Yes, dear Brethren. PRAY, WEEP, FAST before 
the Lord that our love for Him will constrain us, 
and will thrust us forth that souls be saved and 
churches be planted to His honor and glory. 

Then we will no longer be "afflicted" nor "a 
reproach." Our walls will be "strong," and our 
"gates in place," to His honor and glory. M 

Ed Jackson's position as Eastern Director for 
Grace Brethren Home Missions focuses on "fishing 
for souls" in America. In his spare time, he enjoys 
fishing for fish. He and his wife. Polly, live on the 
banks of Winona Lake in Indiana. 


HERALD/ May 15, 196 


Taking Risks 

by Louis M. Huesmann II 

It is a conscious choice to leave behind the security 
of family and friends to plant a new church. But the 
risk is worth it! 

Why would someone want to launch himself in 
a half-motorcycle-half-space-capsule over the 
Snake River Canyon? It never made sense to 
anyone except to the individual who had made the 
decision to risk life and limb - "the last gladiator 
in the New Rome," Robert Craig Knievel, alias Evel 

When you think about taking risks, it is not un- 
common to picture the daredevil - a person whose 
personality is "bent" toward such activity. Yet 
taking risks is not merely a result of one's 
"temperament." It is a conscious decision. 
Everyone of us chooses to accept certain risks in 
our daily lives and to avoid others. For example, 
there is the person who refuses to fly commercial 
airlines, yet drives the distance without a seat belt. 
This is also true in the spiritual realm, especially 
in the activity called "church planting." 

Jesus Christ said that following 
Him often necessitates leaving 
". . . brothers or sisters or father or 
mother or children ..." 

When the idea of a new church in Hartford, Con- 
necticut first began to gel, God used a particular 
passage in His Word to challenge my thinking. I 
discovered some words of Jesus Christ which have 
convinced me that effective, strategic church 
planting is founded upon a conscious decision to 
take certain risks. 

Risking Relocation 

I had read the passage many times before. Yet 
this time I understood its application for starting 

a new church in Hartford. In Mark 10:28-30, Jesus 
Christ reveals the specific risks involved in serving 
Him. The first is relocation: "no one who has left 
house . . ." This means giving up the familiar for 
the unfamiliar, the known for the unknown. This 
is accomplished through "moving" - a term which 
describes an event that is difficult both physically 
and emotionally. 

Our decision to move was complicated by the 
scarcity of affordable housing in the Greater Hart- 
ford area. Consequently, we had to secure an apart- 
ment that we did not see until we drove the Ryder 
truck into the parking lot! Relocation also touches 
the little areas of your life that you take for granted. 
For us, it meant using a map to go almost 
anywhere. We had to discover again the best 
grocery (where you put your "soda" in your 
"carriage"), auto mechanic, and department store. 
For Laurie, it meant finding a new doctor for the 
last four months of her pregnancy. All of these 
"unknowns" can be viewed as obstacles to avoid 
our opportunities for serving Jesus Christ. 

Risking Roots 

Jesus Christ said that following Him often 
necessitates leaving ". . . brothers or sisters or 
father or mother or children . . ." (Mark 10:29). 
These relationships are the root systems of our 
lives. Risking roots has forced us to adjust. 
Holidays, birthdays, and special occasions are 
shared with relatives and friends over the 
telephone, not in person. When our son was born, 
my parents traveled from Ohio to see their first 
grandchild. Laurie's would have to come from 
Alaska. We also left behind church families in the 
Columbus, Ohio area whom we deeply love. 


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Children's ministries are a vital part of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Hartford. 

Yet we have already experienced the fulfillment 
of Mark 10:30. God moved in the hearts of Dave 
and MaryBeth Sobel to take the risk of uprooting 
from Columbus and relocating to assist in the new 
ministry. The Sobels and several other families 
without roots are "family" to us. In November, just 
three short months into the new ministry, nine- 
teen people sat around six tables in the Sobel's liv- 
ing room to share a 30-pound turkey and to thank 
God for new "brothers and sisters." This first-hand 
experience has also given us a greater burden for 
Hartford - a city full of rootless transients in search 
of stability and security. As people see genuine love 
in action, they will listen to what we are saying and 
then seek to be part of the family that is the Grace 
Brethren Church of Greater Hartford. 

Risking Security 

When Jesus Christ spoke of leaving "lands" in 
Mark 10:29, I believe He was referring to our 
security in this world. Mortgages and possessions 
can keep us locked into one place for our entire life. 
Church planting often requires surrendering the 
"right" to have that nice three bedroom house on 
an acre of land with a fenced backyard. Laurie and 
I realized our case of "sticker shock" was not as 
severe as others. Several families who previously 
owned a house in another state and had some 
equity could only afford to rent in the Greater Hart- 
ford area. This situation, which could be a cause 
for a good bout of depression, is instead an oppor- 
tunity to learn and grow spiritually. 

We are understanding the role that contentment 
plays in taking risks. The choice to take a spiritual 
risk is a choice to sacrifice - and that is expected 
by Jesus Christ. Contentment, too, is a choice 
(Hebrews 13:5). But it is also a continual process 
of learning in the midst of our circumstances 
(Phil. 4:11). It means that each of us must be will- 
ing to endure unpleasant or abnormal situations. 
In doing this. I have had the privilege of witnessing 
God's strengthening power in many lives in just 

a few months. It is evident that the Lord Jesus 
Christ is using our lack of physical security to help 
each of us find our security and confidence in who 
He is and what He wants to do through us in this 

The risks involved in planting a church in Hart- 
ford, Connecticut will never overshadow the 
privilege and joy of serving Jesus Christ. Just 
before Thanksgiving of 1986, Dave Sobel's five- 
year-old daughter, Beth, accepted Christ into her 
life. That event alone has made the move worth- 
while. Little Beth is the first of what I believe and 
pray will be a vast harvest of souls in New England. 
But Evangelism is linked to church planting and 
church planting in turn depends upon individuals 
- people who are willing to risk for Jesus Christ. 

Pastor Louis Huesmann shares the gospel during an 
early meeting of the Grace Brethren Church of Greater 

Louis M. Huesmann II and his wife. Laurie, 
are pioneering the first Grace Brethren Church 
in Connecticut. They have one son. Louis C. 
Huesmann III, born December 30. 1986. 


HERALD/ May 15, 198 


To the Fields 

The following missionaries have plans to depart for 
the field after National Conference. 

Steve and Wilma* Bailey 

Melanie, Erin, Timothy 


Support Needed -- $35,700 

Dave and Sue Guiles 

Daniel, Jonathan 


Support Needed -- $35,700 

Jim Millican 
Support Needed 

Tom' and Sue Peters 

Central African 


Support Needed -- 


Jack and Marilyn Wainwright 
Timothy, Philip, Brian, Rebecca 

Central African Republic 
Support Needed -- $45,300 

Terry Julien 


(Sowers Program) 

Support Needed -- 


Paul and Louise Klawitter 


Support Needed - 


* Denotes second generation missionary 

;RALD/ May 15, 1987 



Mark and Joy Sims 


Support Needed -- $34,000 

James and Sibylle Belton 



Support Needed -- 


Roger Stover 
Support Needed 

Others are appointed and awaiting a future date. The 
missionaries pictured above are seriously at work building 
up their support base. 

Churchill Son in Accident 

Carlos (Montelongo), the 16-year-old son of 
missionaries Jack and Rosa Churchill, was hospitalized 
in California recently when he was struck by a motorcycle 
as he was crossing a street. 

He suffered some extensive bone damage around his 
eyes, but after surgery doctors report that Carlos is out 
of danger and recovering satisfactorily. 

Time On The Southern Hemisphere 


Syringes, steely-eyed nurses, alcohol and cotton balls 
are usually not an enticing sight to the average, healthy 
American youth. 

Seven high schoolers from the Worthington, Ohio 
Grace Brethren Church would disagree with that 

They would say that getting a shot ranks right along 
with drowning. It's a terrifying experience, not to mention 

But they are actually driving to doctor's offices in the 
Columbus area and asking to be given innoculations. 


Because they are going to Uberlandia, Brazil from June 
28 to July 20 for a ministry trip and they need to have 
the shots to be able to go. While there, they will help mis- 
sionary Tim Farner by teaching crafts in Vacation Bible 
School, singing in church services and sharing their 
testimonies and lives with Brazilian children at youth 

They are learning Bible verses and phrases like, "Oi, 
Como vai? Como se chama?" (Hi, how are you? What 
is your name?). 

They are meeting once a month to develop their 
abilities in ministering as a team, in sharing the Gospel 
and in learning the Brazilian culture. 

Lady In Waiting 

After waiting nearly five months in Solihull, England for 
permission to officially enter that country as a missionary, 
Betsy Morris learned recently that she must wait even 
longer, but in the United States this time. 

She received a telephone call at her apartment in 
Solihull, England on March 12 from British Immigration 
officials informing her that she had been refused entry 
into England because she did not have the proper entry 
papers or a work permit. They also told her that she would 
be deported four days later at the expense of the British 

, Betsy is now in California and has begun the process 
of applying for residency status in England once again. 
She hopes to return to Solihull as she obtains the 
necessary entrance documents. 

HERALD/ May 15, 198 


Most Evangelized 

The Central African Republic, a former French colony 
of approximately 2,700,000 people which became in- 
dependent in 1960, is one of the most successfully 
evangelized countries in Africa. 

Says P.J. Johnstone in his book, Operation World, 
"Few countries have been better evangelized by 
evangelical missions. There is an evangelical witness 
in nearly every tribe and district. The major task is now 
to consolidate the work, train the leaders and translate 
the Scriptures." 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions is trying to do just 
that. Since its beginnings in 1921, GBFM has seen the 
birth of churches now numbering 125,000 members, a 
Seminary, Bible Schools, 22 Christian medical dispen- 
saries and a Christian High School. 

However, despite impressive statistics, the work in the 
Central African Republic is far from complete. 

Many Africans make decisions for Christ, but many 
also revert back to old lifestyles due to a lack of 
teachers, among other reasons. 

Read your Bible you say? Many Africans in the 
districts do not know how to read. They must rely on 
the pastor of the local church. Some of these pastors 
have only had a few years of education themselves. 

The greatest needs in the African church are in 
discipleship, evangelism, and in the training of 
pastors. They are the key to the completion of the 
work in Africa. 

Says Tom Stallter, Area Director of Africa, "There will 
be more authentic commitments concerning both salva- 
tion and the Christian life when a clear presentation of 
the Gospel and a more comprehensive plan of 
discipleship is learned by the Africans. 

"The Seminary saw its first graduation on the higher 
level last year. That marks the crowning of six years of 
hard labor on the part of missionaries and nationals 
alike. Our prayer is that God will mightily use these men 
for His glory in building and strengthening His church." 
They will begin the self-propagation process. 

ERALD/ May 15, 1987 

States Tom Julien, Executive Director of GBFM, about 
the African church, "The role of the seminary will be 
indispensable in the future of the church, but the train- 
ing of the pastors in the districts remains equally im- 
portant. My opinion is that the future of the work will 
lie in the hands of the educated, and that priority must 
be given to reaching and discipling young people, train- 
ing them to be leaders of the future church. 

"Work among youth in Bangui is still an extremely 
urgent need," says Stallter. 

"The restlessness of the youth in Bangui was 
demonstrated when they went on strike from school. 
Later, when a French war plane crashed nearby, the 
youth reacted as an angry mob against the white peo- 
ple in Bangui. The youth of today in the Central African 
Republic may well be a group nearly impossible to 
reach with the Gospel a few years from now. As their 
waywardness gives way to political restlessness, we will 
find in them a cold heart toward spiritual matters. To- 
day presents an opportunity that must not be 

Says Stallter, "The future of our church planting and 
strengthening ministry in the CAR depends in large 
measure on how we teach and work together with the 
pastors, churches and church organizations today." 



Fall Institute For Mission Pastors 

Places are rapidly filling for the autumn Pastoral In- 
stitute for World Missions which will be held at the 
Chateau of Saint Albain in France October 30 -- 
November 6. 

The purpose of the institute is to seek the face of God 
for the awakening of our fellowship to the Great Com- 
mission, learn the principles of a World Mission Church, 
and to sharpen our vision for the spiritual plight of coun- 
tries where the Gospel is yet unknown. 
Seminar subjects will include: 

The Church and the Great Commission 

What is a World Mission Church? 

A Local Church Missions Strategy 

Mobilizing Personnel 

Teamwork in Missions 

Prayer and the Power of God 
Participation will be limited to 20 pastors or church 
mission leaders and their wives. Participants are ex- 
pected to apply the principles of the seminars in their 
churches during the year following the institute. This 
will be an intense training program rather than a sight- 
seeing trip. 

For further information, please contact: 

Tom Julien, Executive Director 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

P.O. Box 588 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Planting Churches Around The World 

Tokyo, Osaka and Manila are cities in the news. They 
are cities that evoke painful memories from thousands 
of veterans and they all have church services now. April 
5 was the opening date for Grace Brethren church ser- 
vices in Tokyo, Japan, a country far from receptive to 
the Gospel. Dr. and Mrs. John Whitcomb will be visiting 
these cities May 14 -- June 10 to minister with our 

A Dream Come True 

Gribble's Dream; God's Design, a history of the first 
53 years of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions in Africa 
written by Ben Hamilton and published by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company, will be available for pur- 
chase at National Conference. The preface and dedica- 
tion were written by Ben Hamilton's wife, Mabel. 

Leadership Transferred 

The transfer from missionary to local leadership took 
place in Stuttgart, Germany on April 5 when John Pap- 
pas and Roger Peugh laid hands on Rainer Ehmann 
and Eberhard Dahm. They were surrounded by thirty 
men of the congregation. This action by these thirty 
men publicly demonstrated the congregation's support 
for its new pastoral leadership. 

Argentina's First 
Foreign Missionaries 

Believers in the Don Bosco, Buenos Aires church in 
Argentina recently sent out Jose and llda Palacio, their 
first foreign missionaries, to neighboring country, 

Says Earl Futch, Argentina Field Superintendent, 
'About two years ago a couple from Uruguay came to 
one of our church services. Afterward, they invited Lita, 
another couple and me to the place where they were 
staying. We went and were able to present the Gospel 
to them. Both husband and wife accepted the Lord that 

"They returned home to Montevideo, Uruguay and 
won their family to the Lord. Then we began receiving 
letters from them that said, 'We need someone to come 
over and teach us. We want to grow and there's no one 
here to teach us.' They are begging for a church over 

Since then seven people have become Christians. 

Said missionary Lynn Hoyt, "We, as a mission, can- 
not take the lead in this effort. However, we would be 
willing to help an Argentine national who wants to take 
the lead." 

Jose and llda Palacios have committed themselves 
to do just that. At the request of the Uruguayans, they 
left for Uruguay in February and agreed to stay for 
several months, to begin following up young converts 
and to see if the Lord might use them to initiate a new 

Passing on the Vision 

A shift of pastoral leadership in the Lyon, France 
church from Larry DeArmey to John Viers was 
announced recently at a special meeting in Lyon. 

Several French men in attendance, who had already 
expressed their desire to pursue training to become the 
future leaders of the church, confirmed their support 
of the existing leadership and their vision to see the 
church grow and become self-supporting. 

Opposition to the Truth 

The ecumenical fervor so prevalent in many Lutheran 
state churches in Germany quite oftens turns to ag- 
gressive and narrow-minded opposition when the ques- 
tion of baptism is addressed. 

This has become obvious to our missionaries recently 
after an open discussion with a Lutheran pastor. They 
state, "His attitude has markedly changed from one of 
brotherly tolerance and even suggesting working 
together to one of rigid labelling those who deny infant 
baptism as a cult. He has taken an active role in warn- 
ing others against such groups. Pray that the truth of 
the Scriptures on this and other matters would be made 
evident through the work of the Holy Spirit." 





CASON, EDNA F. She was a 

member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Ed 
Lewis officiated at the memorial ser- 
vice. Paul Mutchler, pastor. 
COFFEY, CLARENCE, February 3, 
1987. He was a faithful longtime 
member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Covington, VA. Dan Gillette, 

February 24, 1987. He served on the 
board of the Home Mission Council 
for 15 years. He was the father of 
Wayne Crocker and Mrs. Roy 

HANNAH, BERTHA, February 7, 
1987. She was a member of the 
■ Aiken, SC, Grace Brethren Church 
(Steve Taylor, pastor), but was 
originally from Covington, VA. Dan 
Gillette officiated at the memorial 

22, 1986. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Meyersdale, PA. Ron Warrick, 

MEYERS, LEE ETTA, March 22, 
1987. She was a member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Meyersdale, PA. Ron Warrick, 

SCOTT, RUSSELL, February 8, 
1987 He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Covington, VA. 
Dan Gillette, pastor. 




A group of 49 persons visited the 
Hawaiian Island of Oahu for eight 
days during late March. The tour 
sponsored by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald left Chicago on 
March 24th and returned April 1st. 
There were employees, Board 
members and former employees 

Pastor Dave Mitchell (center, in blue shirt) explains a point of interest to (I to r) Ed 
Bowman, Bobbette Ridenour, and Larry Gegner. (Photo by Jo Disbro) 

of the Herald. A number of friends 
of the Herald also made the trip. 

They enjoyed not only the delights 
of the weather, but the many 
memorable sites in Hawaii. Pearl 
Harbor, Punchbowl Cemetery, Dole 
Pineapple Factory, cruises, side trips 
to Maui, The Polynesian Culture 
Center, and tours around the island 
were part of the agenda. A highlight 
of the trip was Sunday attendance 
in the Brethren Churches. Pastors 
Kennedy, Mitchell and Coffman ex- 
tended warm welcomes. Members 
of the tour group preached at the 

The group of employees from the 
Herald were Carol Forbes, Jo 
Disbro, Kenneth Herman, Bobbie 
Ridenour, Don Cake, Frances 
Ashman, Omega Sandy and 
Charles Turner, who served as tour 
director. From Winona were Pastor 
Charles Ashman, Kathy Herman, 
Elizabeth Cake, Mr. and Mrs. Dale 
Coffman, Dr. and Mrs. Homer Kent, 
Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood Durkee, Ed 
Bowman, Dean Sandy, June Turner, 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Polman, Dr. and 
Mrs. E. William Male, Donna Mayer, 
Willy Willson and Annabelle Snyder. 
Others from Indiana included Pastor 
and Mrs. Gerald Kelley. The 
Washington, D.C. area was 
represented by Pastor and Mrs. 
Russ Ogden and Pastor and Mrs. 
Larry Gegner. Dotty Smith and 
Pastor and Mrs. Don Rough were 
from Pennsylvania. Chairman of the 
Herald board, James Bustraan and 
his wife Dottie were accompanied by 
their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Gulick from Texas. Three persons 
from the Chicago area also joined 
the group -- Elaine Meeks and Janet 
Geisler from Moody Press; and 
Marian Dahl. The balance of the 
group came from Ohio, Pastor and 
Mrs. Maynard Tittle and from Califor- 
nia, Pastor and Mrs. Ralph Colburn 
and from Virginia were Mr. and Mrs. 
Fisher, Dotty Smith's parents. 

If you missed this trip, there is 
another one scheduled next year 
from California -- it is planned after 
National Conference. 

SRALD/ May 15, 1987 



Report from FGBC 
Consortium on Concerns 

An informal meeting was held on February 10-12, 1987 to consider issues rele- 
vant to our fellowship. (See March Herald, page 28.) One goal of this meeting 
was to pull the members together in faith-defending love for a new and ex- 
citing future for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. The report address- 
ing the questions discussed follows. 

Question #1 

"What is the essential identifying element of our 
Fellowship and how can it be used more effectively 
to plant new churches, to cause present churches 
to grow, and decrease church loss to other church 

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is: 

1 . As to essence, a total commitment to, and a careful 
interpretation of and a practical loving obedience to, the 

2. As to distinguishing marks, a consistent 
hermeneutic, which leads us to, among other things, 
the practice of the historic threefold communion ser- 
vice and triune immersion baptism, 

3. As to church context, a united fellowship of 
autonomous churches desiring to translate these com- 
mitments into a dynamic, world-wide church-planting 

Question #2 

"Can we continue to have fellowship on the basis 
of the 7964 decision at national conference 
concerning membership requirements of Brethren 

It is our consensus that our churches and members 
do and should continue to fellowship on the basis of 
the 1964 conference action. Therefore, we recommend: 

1 . That we give full love and respect to those churches 
who exercise their right with respect to the 1964 deci- 
sion regarding church membership. 

2. Recognizing that elder boards/official boards are 
obliged to be role models in their congregations, we 
urge local churches to take measures to assure that 
their leaders be triune-immersed members, thus il- 
lustrating acceptance of our Statement of Faith. 

3. That we encourage every pastor to create oppor- 
tunities to teach in each the Biblical basis of triune- 
immersion. It is our understanding that the 1964 deci- 
sion separates the issues of baptism from membership 
requirements, which each church is responsible to 
determine for itself and, therefore, does not implicitly 
or explicitly endorse any other mode as fulfilling Jesus' 
instructions in Matthew 28:19-20. 

Question #3 

"What do we mean by 'revival' and how can we 
more effectively encourage prayer for it?" 

Revival is a fresh appropriation of the divine power 
available to every true believer, leading to a strong 
loyalty to Christ, His great commission and His church. 

We challenge the brethren to cooperate with God in 
providing a climate in which revival can flourish. This 
takes place through an emphasis on the exaltation o 
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit when we come 

We exalt Him by concentrating on His worth and value 
through praise music, adoration with prayer and Scrip- 
ture, cleansed relationships with others, compassion for 
the lost and ministries thoughtfully carried out in Jesus' 

We call for support of the Day with God in each loca 
church, preparing for our Day with God at National 

Question #4 

"What are the principal problems or weaknesses 
of our Fellowship and how can we deal with them?" 

1. To overcome, a lack of morale with clearly defined 
strategy + goals. 

2. To overcome inner-fellowship tensions with i 
Christ-like love and respect for each other. 

3. To overcome numerical stagnation with a genuine 
commitment to evangelism. 

4. To overcome the loss of creative potential by 
attracting, displaying, and supporting strong leadership. 

We recommend that we overcome the feeling of isola 
tion by committing ourselves to a ministry of love to al 
our brothers in Christ. 

Question #5 

"What is our essential mission as a Fellowship as 
we approach the 90's?" 

The essential mission of the NFGBC as we face the 
90's is to build on the firm foundation of our biblical posi- 
tion as outlined in the Statement of Faith. The mission 
should seek to reach out from the local congregations 


HERALD/ May 15, 198 


and establish other bodies of believers who are com- 
mitted to these same truths -- Each practicing in daily 
living this sense of fellowship and community (to other 
believers and unbelievers). 

To accomplish this mission we will commit ourselves 

1. Remove obstacles hindering our full expression of 

2. Clarify our biblical position as it relates to local 
churches and worship, evangelization and edification. 

3. Coordinate and expand our goals for church 
planting -- both at home and in foreign fields. 

The suggested goals: 

1. 50,000 Sunday morning worshippers in America 
by year 2000. 

2. 1,000 churches by year 2000 with 100,000 
worshippers worldwide. 

3. Plan a 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1990. 

Question #6 

"What can be done to restore stronger loyalty 
between churches and organizations?" 

These thoughts are not intended to correct as much 
as they are to remind and reinforce: 

I. Loyalty acts directed from our Fellowship organiza- 
tions to our churches should include: 

A. Assuming a servant's heart. 

B. Avoiding self-serving activities. 

C. Attracting innovative, enthusiastic and visionary 
leadership for staffs and boards. 

D. Developing a coordinated master plan of action that 
includes all organizations. 

E. Communicating regularly and effectively to our 

F. Frequently consulting with and seeking advice from 
our pastors. 

G. Demonstrating a holy passion for excellence. 

H. Submitting in mutual accountability to our 

II. Loyalty acts directed from our churches to our 
Fellowship organizations should include: 

A. Openly supporting our organizations with financial 
and human resources. 

B. Producing rally points for our organizations in our 
churches and/or districts. 

C. Visually and verbally identifying each of our 
organizations as vital parts of our local churches' ministry. 

D. Clearly communicating our individual church goals 
to our organizations. 

E. Submitting in mutual accountability to our 

Finis -- Covenant of Spiritual Unity 

Spiritual unity is necessary for the blessings of 
God in the midst of our earthy spiritual conflict. Areas 
of disagreement are inevitable; however, spiritual 
disunity must be dealt with and the principle of 
reconciliation be applied. Gossip and destructive 
criticism needs to be dealt with quickly. When 

problems arise, they should be resolved with the per- 
son concerned and not shared with others. Construc- 
tive criticism is welcomed, but must be directed to 
the individual concerned. Manipulation of others to 
fulfill a personal desire is to be avoided. Considera- 
tion, sensitivity, grace, love, and tolerance of per- 
sonal differences must be shown to each other in the 
spirit of Matthew 18:15-17, Galatians 6:1-2 and 
I Corinthians 13:1-8. 


Grace Schools, Inc., in Winona Lake, Indiana, 
has a position open for an Assistant Controller. 
The successful candidate must have a 
business/accounting degree with two or three years 
supervisory experience. For additional information, 
mail resume to Read Morrison, Controller, 
Grace Schools, Inc., 200 Seminary Drive, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590, or telephone toll free 
1-800-54-GRACE (outside Indiana) or 
1-800-845-2930 (inside Indiana). 


Grace Fairlane Mobile Home Park and Camp- 
ground is located 1 /» mile east of Grace College, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. . . 

The campground is equipped with a 
showerhouse, hook-ups and playground. 

For more information or reservations, contact: 

Dalton Kanode, Park Manager 
R.R. 8, Box 180 
Warsaw, IN 46580 
(219) 269-5980 

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you 
to live a life worthy of the calling you have 
received, ^e completely humble and gentle; be 
patient, bearing with one another in love. 
3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the 
Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one 
body and one Spirit -just as you were called 
to one hope when you were called - s one Lord, 
one faith, one baptism; eone God and Father of 
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Causes and Cures 

Watch that You Don't Burn Your House Down! 

by Charles W. Ttirner 

It sounded so reasonable and it 
seemed like the thing to do at that 
moment, but the results were 
unexpected to say the least. Do 
these words bring to mind an 
event in your life? They certainly 
have a familiar ring to me, but this 
is not my confession time. It is an 
opportunity to take a look at 
someone else's mistake. 

I heard this story on the news 
just the other day. Did I laugh? I 
most certainly did. It seems a 
man was tending his lawn when 
a snake appeared. In his haste to 
rid himself of this undesired 
creature, he set out in pursuit. 
The snake crawled under his 
home to seek personal protection. 
Now this created a problem. As 
man's wisdom is certainly greater 
than that of a snake, a clever solu- 
tion quickly came to the man's 

He decided to smoke out the 
snake. It has been done before 
with effective results. The 
gentleman, in order to rid his 
house of the viper, took a 
newspaper, wrapped it tightly, and 
lit a match. Smoke he got, and he 
put the smoking paper near the 
location where the snake was hid- 
den. Fire he also got, and the 
house provided extra smoke and 

The fire department helped to 
put out the fire. As the story goes, 
the snake was seen crawling away 
in the midst of all the excitement. 
The fire chief was reported to have 
said. "May I suggest that next 
time you call an exterminator." 

The cure was out of proportion 
to the cause in this case. Therein 
lies the moral to the story. So often 
in life, our elaborate productions 

to find a solution to a problem 
create an undesirable cir- 
cumstance greater than the 
original problem. This not only 
happens in our daily routines, but 
also in the work of the church. 

As a personal example, I have 
the ability to take a rather minor 
car problem and turn it into a 
major one. When I get through 
fixing the first problem, there are 
a number of different problems, 
as well as pieces, left over. It takes 
a real pro and a bundle of cash 
to make right my repair work. I 
can set out to change a license 
plate and end up with damage to 
the trunk lid and the back 
bumper. My fingers are bleeding 
as well. 

I have also seen minor prob- 
lems in the church change into 
full-blown crises. When the 
church needed a paint job in a 
Sunday School class, the result 
was two churches: the Blue 
Brethren and the Green 

Brethren. Someone has pointed 
out that the first two denomi- 
nations came into being the day 
Jesus healed the blind man. 
Christ used spittle and mud and 
the onlookers could not agree on 
what happened. Some said the 
healing was by the mud, others 
said it was the spittle. Thus 
began the "Mudites" and the 
"Spittleites." They missed the 
whole point. Christ had made 
the man to see. 

In our lives and in our work, we 
take a minor problem and turn it 
into a tragedy. It is not easy to do. 
It takes time and practice and 
some people are better at this 
than others. Some are even true 

So, the next time a snake 
crawls across your lawn, don't 
panic. It might just be taking a 
short cut. Take it easy, commit it 
to the Lord. You just might be 
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The Best Dad 

In History 

by Pastor Tom Hickey 

The nominations for the Best Father in History 
are still open. The jury is still out. The pages of 
the Bible are filled with "Famous Fathers Who 
Failed" - Adam, Samuel, David, Solomon, 
Hezekiah. All of these men were greatly used by 
God, and all of them failed miserably as fathers. 
And history abounds with case after case of na- 
tions rising to positions of power and greatness 
through the strength of their families and falling 
one after the other through a weakness in the 
home, a weakness that is primarily a failure of the 

So the chance is still open that you or I might 
just possibly be recognized by the Lord when time 
is all over as the very best father in history. It's true. 
You can actually exceed what other great men of 
faith have done. You can do better than they did. 
But I have to tell you that if you apply for the posi- 
tion, you're going to have some tough competition, 
because I am determined to win that prize. I am 
not aware of a greater desire in my heart or a 
higher goal that I have. My ministry depends upon 
my success in this area. If I read Scripture rightly, 
I have no ministry if I have no success as a father. 
Would you like to join me in this pursuit? 

I have five practical suggestions for anyone who 
wants to improve as a Christian Father. I rhymed 
them all so they could be remembered easily. Five 
key words to remember if you want to succeed as 
a father are Pray, Play, Say, Obey, and Stay. 


First of all, PRAY. Someone we may face as a 
finalist in the Greatest Father competition is Job. 
Turn there in your Bible and notice what he did 
on behalf of his family every week. It's in the first 
chapter, the first eight verses. In verse five it says 
"... he would rise early in the morning and offer 
burnt offerings according to the number of them 
all. For Job said, It may be that my sons have 
sinned and cursed God in their hearts. Thus Job 
did regularly." (NKJV) 

Notice in verse eight God's estimation of Job. 

"Have you considered my servant Job, that 
there is none like him on the earth, a blameless 
and upright man. one who fears God and shuns 
evil?" (NKJV) 

Do you want to get God's attention? Would you 
like to have the reputation as a blameless and 
upright man? No need to offer burnt offerings. 
We've got it easy. Dads, we have to pray. If we are 
going to win that award as the best father, we are 
going to have to do even better than Job, and we 
can if we will pray every day for our children. 

Something happens inside of you as you turn your 
heart to God in prayer about something. You become 
vitally involved in the outcome. Are you ashamed 
to be seen by your children on your knees early in 
the morning? That can only mean that you are not 
vitally concerned about the Lord's perspective of 
your family. You'll never win that way. 

Think about it. If you develop a habit of prayer, 
your children may even think that it's normal. 
They'll pick up the habit. They don't know any bet- 
ter. They just know that Dad always prayed. You 
know, something just might happen in our world 
to reverse the onslaught of unrighteousness, evil, 
crime, corruption, and rebellion if we really seek 
the Lord in prayer on behalf of our families. 

Jesus did, didn't He? Take a look at John 17. 
That's the chapter where he prayed for His 
"children," His disciples, and you and I. Read it. 
Pray like that for your children. You'll be amazed. 
You may even win an award one day But then, 
that's up to you. 


The next word I want you to remember is PLAY. 
That's right. Good fathers, the best fathers, have 
time for their children, time to play with them. 
There is a growing tendency among fathers today 
to push their children into sports, music, and a 
variety of other activities that are nothing more 
than the parent living out their ambitions through 
their child. That's not what I am talking about. To 
really play with a child you have to see the world 
the way they do. Spend time doing what they want 
to do. Read Winnie-the-Pooh. the original version, 
not the Disney one, to your young children if you 
have trouble seeing the world from their point of 

This is part of what Ephesians 6:4 is referring 
to when it says "Fathers, do not provoke your 
children to anger." (NASB) You can be a 4-star. 

SRALD/ June 15, 1987 


A-plus Dad on everything else, fail here and lose 
it all. A Dad that doesn't take time to be with his 
children has no relationship with his children. He 
may be a good provider, a good example, and an 
all-around nice guy, but if he doesn't have a rela- 
tionship with his children, he may be surprised to 
find that he has no influence in their lives, and the 
things his children hear on TV, at school, and in 
the neighborhood are shaping their values more 
than he is. 

You have a chance to get ahead of me in the 
award for the best father. One Wednesday night 
after church, Laura and I sat down in front of the 
TV to watch a Quincy episode. The kids were hav- 
ing a great time, playing, laughing, and making 
up some silly game involving the cushions on the 
couch. After several suggestions that they take 
their merriment to the bedroom, I lost my cool 
when Rebekah came running across the room in 
pursuit of Alison. I yelled at her to be quiet. She 
figured out I meant it and was quiet the rest of the 
evening. When the show was over, I knew I had 
blown it. I love playing with my kids on the floor, 
but I let a TV show rob me of the joy and blessing 
of some quality time with them. When it came 
time to pray with Rebekah as I tucked her into bed, 
I knew what I had to do. I said, "Rebekah, I was 
wrong to yell at you, and I really am sorry that I 
did. Will you forgive me?" She didn't even bat an 
eye, but said. "Sure, that's all right. You were just 
like Charisa (her older sister) is sometimes. You 
think TV is more important." 

Dads, do better than this pastor. Take the time. 
Send them the message that they are more impor- 
tant than the TV. Don't provoke them to anger by 
never having time for them. 


The next word I want you to remember is SAY. 
In fact, you can forget all the others and just 
remember this one and you'll be more successful 
than most Dads in the world. I have found a 
disturbing trend, even in strong Christian homes, 
for fathers to be unable to communicate with their 
children. They literally don't know how to carry 
on a conversation with their teenage son or 
daughter. Here are some suggested phrases that, 
if meaningfully said on a regular basis in your 
home, will put you out in the front running for the 
Best Father. 
"I love you." 

First, there is "I love you." Don't assume that 
your children know you love them because you 
work so hard to provide for them, or you send them 
to the best schools. Tell them. Show them. Never 
leave room for their young minds to ever doubt 
that you really, genuinely, deeply love them. That 
should be the one universal constant in their life. 
Insecurities of all kinds will creep into their lives 

if they don't know for certain that "Daddy loves 
me." This love is not the kind of love that is based 
on their beauty or performance, not the kind that 
responds to their good grades or blue ribbons. It 
is the kind that has no strings attached and has 
no other reason than the child just as he or she is. 

Some Dads have a difficult time communicating 
this kind of love to their children because they 
can't stand their kids. That is, they can't stand the 
way they act and behave. Listen, Dads, that's your 
failure. Your children's behavior, to a large degree, 
is a display of your training of them. Think about 
that! If you don't discipline your children, then you 
are depriving them of what they need to function 
in the world. You are creating a brat that no one 
can love, and you are failing miserably as a father. 

If the reason you don't spend more time with 
your children is because you can't stand the way 
they act, then do something about it. They will 
never believe that you love them if you don't help 
them to obey and behave. Loving them is not let- 
ting them do whatever they want. It is guiding 
them and molding them and helping them to have 
the discipline and determination they need to be 
successful in whatever they try. 

A man or woman who can look back at his 
childhood and know that he was always precious 
and loved in the sight of his father and mother will 
be successful. It is as simple as that. 
"Here is the path to go." 

The next thing I want to ask you to practice say- 
ing to your children is the theme of the book of Pro- 
verbs - "Here is the path to go." I am amazed at 
the parents who give absolutely no moral or 
spiritual or character guidance at all to their 
children. The only thing the child ever learns is 
what his parents don't like, and that is usually not 
out of any deep convictions, only the fact that the 
child has been an embarrassment to them. 
Children don't know their way through this maze 
of life. Dads, if you don't show them the way to go, 
they will never find it on their own. 

Take some time to read the first ten chapters of 
Proverbs. You'll find an anxious father who 
desperately wants his child to know the right way 
to go in life. 

How about something else you need to say? How 
about "No." Children have abundant resources to 
be able to assert their own way in the world, and 
a child left to his own resources is a monster. But 
a father who loves his child will not give in to every 
foolish desire that his child has. Dad, you are in 
control! Don't ever forget that! Your child doesn't 
know what is harmful and what is dangerous. Your 
firm guidance is needed, particularly when they 
are young, so that they come to trust your judg- 
ment. Look at all the warnings in the book of Pro- 
verbs. Listen to some of the "no's" in it. 

HERALD/ June 15, 19) 


"Tell me what it's like." 

What else can you say to your children that will 
put you at the top of the list? "Tell me what it's 
like," will take you a long way there. Look at Pro- 
verbs 7 and beginning in verse 6 you will find the 
story of a young man who went astray. 

"For at the window of my house I looked 
through my lattice, and saw among the simple. 
I perceived among the youths, a young man 
devoid of understanding . . . Immediately he went 
after her. as an ox goes to the slaughter ... He 
did not know it would take his life. Now therefore, 
listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the 
words of my mouth . . ." (Proverbs 7:6,7. 22-24 

But notice the understanding, the concern, the 
feeling of the father as he wrote these words. He 
had not forgotten what it was like to be a confused 
young man. And so I suggest to you, Dads, that 
you learn how to say "Tell me what it's like. I want 
to know how you feel." 
"I was wrong." 

Here's another one that is very hard for some 
men to swallow. Can you say, "I was wrong"? Try 
it. It works wonders. Nothing frustrates and angers 
a child as being under the authority of someone 
who is never wrong. Dads, this is another way to 
provoke your children to anger as it is mentioned 
in Ephesians 6:4. Proverbs 12:15 says "The way 
of the fool is right in his own eyes, but he who 
heeds counsel is wise." (NKJV) 

Don't be a fool. Be human. Admit mistakes. You 
know what will happen? Your children will respect 
you more, and they will open themselves up to you 
more readily. No Dad will win this award who can- 
not admit it when he makes a mistake. 
"You can do it!" 

A final phrase you should practice over and over 
is "You can do it!" Besides the guidance, besides 
the discipline, besides the training, your child 
looks to you, Dad, for his self-image. Never, never, 
never, never, never run your child down. Never 
berate him. Never call him names. Never attach 
any negative labels to him. His whole life is in your 
hands. Praise him, help him, tell him what a good 
job he is doing. Bless your children to their faces. 
Praise them in front of others. Find something they 
can succeed at and get excited about it. Look at 
all the positive blessings mentioned in Proverbs 

"Happy . . . profits . . . long life . . . riches and 
honor . . . pleasantness . . . peace." 

"Then you will walk safely in your way, and 
your foot will not stumble . . .for the Lord will 
be your confidence . . . His secret counsel is with 
the upright ... He blesses the habitation of the 
just . . ." (Proverbs 3:23-33 NKJV) 


Our fourth word is OBEY. You need to know that 
your children will become like what you are inside, 
regardless of how well you cover it up. You can send 
them to Sunday School every week and even go 
yourself, but if you cheat on your taxes, your 
children will become cheaters too. Don't ask me 
how it works, but it does. Dads, you've got to be 
100 percent. If you are a different person when you 
go to Las Vegas on a business trip than you are at 
home, you will fail as a Father, and as a Christian, 
by the way. 

The word that comes to mind here is "godliness." 
If you don't have a godly desire to be pleasing to 
the Lord in your whole life, then check out of the 
race. You won't even pass the preliminary heats. 
We need men who can come to church on Sunday 
and lift up those holy hands that Paul speaks of 
in I Timothy 2:8, men who have been honest and 
righteous in their businesses that week, men who 
have sought the Lord on Tuesday and Saturday as 
well as on Sunday. A church full of those kinds of 
Dads would start a revolution of righteousness. 
Read Psalm 15, Dads, to find out what kind of per- 
son the Lord is looking for. And here are some "Ten 
Commandments for Fathers" for you to ponder. 

A Father's 

Ten Commandments 

1. You shall have no motivation in your life 
greater than your desire to please God. 

2. You shall not allow material possessions 
and career success to become more important 
than your family. 

3. You shall instill in your family honor and 
respect for the Lord by your words and actions. 

4. You shall lead your family in worship and 
active church involvement. 

5. You shall train your children to respect 
authority and impart to them the self- 
discipline they need to succeed. 

6. You shall live at peace with all men and 
never speak unkindly of others. 

7 . You shall honor your marriage vows, remain- 
ing faithful only to your wife in thought and 
in deed. 

8. You shall always deal with integrity and 
honesty in all business you conduct, never ex- 
cusing in yourself poor performance or 
unethical behavior. 

9. You shall maintain a standard of truth in 
your home and in your work that never 
deviates from what is honest, fair, and right. 

10. You shall not allow the world's value 
system to control your life and the direction 
of your family, but seek instead the kingdom 
of God and His righteousness. 

ERALD/ June 15, 1987 



The final word I want to leave with you is STAY. 
Stick to it! Stay at it! Divorce has not solved any 
one of our problems yet. Stay in love as Proverbs 
5:18 advises. "Rejoice in wife of your youth." Stay 
together as a family. We have pulled up roots all 
across America and broken the traditional rein- 
forcement of the grandparents and cousins, and 
we have suffered terribly. Put your roots down 
somewhere and start a family tradition if you don't 
have one. The job of parenting is too hard and too 
demanding to take on by yourself. You need help. 

Stay where you are and help build a communi- 
ty of believers who are going to make a difference 
in your town. Stay committed to the same ideals 
and goals and standards that the Bible outlines for 
us. Giving up is too easy. Quitters will never even 
be considered for the Best Dad Award. B 

Tom Hickey pastors the Grace Brethren Church 
in Ormond Beach, Florida. 

Application Form 

Want to apply for the award? You could win 
it. Below is an application. 

Read the application carefully. 
Fill in the date and sign your name. 
Send it to the Lord in prayer. 
Keep it where you will see it often. 


• Beginning today, I am going to start put- 
ting these principles into practice. I want to be 

• I am going to take time to play with my 

• I am going to say to my children 
"I love you" and 
"Here is the path to go" and 
"No" when necessary, and 
"Tell me what it's like" and 
"I was wrong" and 
"You can do it!" 

• I am going to obey the Lord in all things. 

And I am going to stay at this until I draw 
my last breath on this planet. 






To all our dear friends. 

How did your "Day with God" go? It was probably difficult 
during the morning hours, but I imagine that by the time after- 
noon rolled around you experienced an intimacy with the 
Creator that made you realize that things of eternal significance 
were happening through you. Incidentally, if you did not work 
this into your schedule, there is still time. 

I suppose the question that haunts me most right now is 
whether God's spirit will be pleased to give us His blessing. Our 
National Conference theme "Pursuing a Passion," our Day with 
God, our program of messages, challenge hours, and group ses- 
sions all provide the framework for what could result in 
spiritual awakening in your life and mine. But we know that 
without God's favor we shall simply go through the motions, 
enjoy each other's fellowship, and return to another year. 

Yet, our fellowship deserves so much more than that. Surely 
we have a unique mission to fulfill as we approach the 1990's 
- which promise to be history's most significant decade yet. 

Will you join me in seeking the face of God for His fulness 
during those days, and the days that follow? 

With anticipation and warm greetings 
in our living Savior. 

Moderator, Grace Brethren Fellowship 


HERALD/ June 15, 1981 


Idea File 

What's Cooking? 

What's cooking at the Junior 
WMC of Altoona, PA, First Grace 
Brethren Church? Well, for one 
thing, lots of homemade 
vegetable soup one night in 
January. It was the night of their 
annual "Souper Bowl" -- an even 
greater event than the televised 
one! The cheering crowds were 
present, the excitement and 
thrill of teaming together with 
the ingredients and having a 
great result was worth the effort. 
Each WMC lady brought a few 
ingredients for vegetable soup 
and together they prepared the 
soup at the beginning of the 
meeting. While they were having 
their Bible study, mission lesson, 
prayer time, etc., the pot was 
cooking and sending out a 
delicious aroma. The ladies then 
divided up the soup and sent it 
to several shut-ins and sick peo- 
ple in their church. 

My World 

My world - the circle of God's will 

My sun and moon - His face; 

Darkness - the shadow of His wing. 

Rain - His refreshing grace; 

My food — His everlasting Word; 

My pastures green - His love; 

Music - His voice within my heart; 

My home - with Him above. 

- Helen Haynes 
Riverside GBC, Johnstown, PA 

Hold On! 

The Martinsburg, PA, Senior 
WMC group are tied together in 
prayer this year. Their special 
emphasis has been to center 
their prayer times in their 
meetings specifically on the mis- 
sionaries. Requests for each 
other's needs are taken home for 
private prayer. The meetings' 
prayertimes are for missions on- 
ly. One month the prayer chair- 
man had each lady hold on to a 
rope that went around the group, 
asking that they "hold on" and 
persevere in prayer. 


WMC Operation and 
Publication Expenses: 

Goal: $8,000. 

Due Date: 

Send before Sept. 10, 1987 

This offering is what keeps 
National WMC running. All 
the expenses for mailing, 
literature, publications, and 
national officers' travel are 
paid for from this offering. 
We've been trying hard to keep 
expenses down and keep 
WMC in the black. Won't you 
please help us, too? 

of a Woman 

"Emotions of a Woman" 
Is our study for the year. 
Mind + Emotions = Heart, 
Listen now and hear. 
Emotions, what a burden! 
But God wants us to learn 
That emotions are a gift from 

Not something to be spurned. 
Take anger, for example. 
It's a monster that destroys. 
But anger under God's control 
Is something to employ. 

Emotions, feelings, struggles. 

Belong to every man. 

To every woman, child, here at 

And in other lands. 
Our missionaries are special. 
Called to a special task. 
Sometimes lonely or 

Or homesick for the past. 
All have needs and hopes and 

Hearts burdened for lost souls. 
We share their dreams, 

their joys, their fears. 
We're working toward one goal. 

Emotions, all are different, 
Emotions, none the same. 
All shared by every lady. 
All shared by every name. 
As we lift our hearts together. 
Each month to seek the Lord. 
Our hearts draw ever closer. 
Our hearts in one accord. 
As we share our deep-down 

And ask for love and prayer. 
The Lord is at our meetings. 
We see His presence there. 

Kathie Mitchell 
Tiadaghton Valley GBC, Avis. PA 

ERALD/ June 15, 1987 


Ltional CE Convention 

Other Speakers: 

Dr. Elmer Towns is Dean of the 
School of Religion at Liberty Univer- 
sity. Dr. Towns has authored 34 books, 
including The Ten Largest Sunday 
Schools and How To Grow an Effective 
Sunday School. Known as "Mr. Sun- 
day School," Towns will be sharing 
how to make Sunday school dynamic. 

Bill Hybels is the Senior Pastor of 
Willow Creek Community Church in 
South Barrington, Illinois. From 125 
people in 1975 to over 9,000 today, the 
ministry of Willow Creek continues to 
grow under his leadership. Known for 
his heart for nonchurched people, 
Hybels will share with pastors how 
such a passion can affect their pro- 
gramming and preaching. 

Dr. Bob Thompson is the Executive 
Director for Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions. With his 21 years in home mis- 
sions ministry he will be leading the 
workshop, "How to Start a Church 
from Scratch." He will also be sharing 
with Tom Julien his "Burden for 
Church Planting Around the World." 

Ken Taylor is Associate Professor of 
Behavioral Science at Grace College 
and an experienced marital and pre- 
marital counselor. Ken and his wife, 
Joanne, will be team-leading a 
marriage enrichment track at the 

And 14 additional 
Workshop Leaders! 


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Tom Julien is the Executive Direc 
for Grace Brethren Foreign Missioi 
He has been involved in missions 
ministry for 28 years in France. Tc 
will be leading workshops on hov 
person can be involved in missions 
matter what their age, as well as < 
leading a session with Bob Thomps 
on church-planting around the wor 

Margie Devan is president of the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship's Women 
Manifesting Christ and the wife of 
Pastor Fred Devan. Margie will be shar- 
ing with women how to improve their 
WMC's and also how to implement 
some creative ministries through 
WMC's using crafts and visual ideas. 

Roy Roberts is the Executive Din 
tor of National Church Relations 
Prison Fellowship. Since 1977, Roy r 
served Prison Fellowship as an instn 
tor in prisons, a consultant, a writ 
and conference speaker. Roy will 
leading a lay-oriented track on Pris 

Lynne Hybels, wife of Pastor Bill 
Hybels, graduated from Bethel College 
in Mishawaka, IN, intending to become 
a social worker. Her plans changed in 
1975 when she joined her husband in 
starting Willow Creek Community 
Church. Lynne will share with pastor's 
wives "Breaking the Pastor's Wife 
Stereotype" and with other women 
"The Joy of Personal Worship." 




training and encouraging church leaders 

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Monday, August 3, 1987 
Winona Lake, Indiana 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

Cost: $12. 50 


Schedule of Events 


6:45-8:15 Breakfast with Elmer Towns 

8:30-10:00 General Session 

Dr. Towns will challenge us 
with how we can be "Geared 
to the Times and Anchored 
to the Rock." 

[10:30-3:45 Workshop Tracks 

Choose to attend your 
favorite workshops from 
ten different tracks! Over 
forty workshops to choose 
from! Check out Monday's 
Track Schedule for titles! 

- 3:30-8:00 Evening Session 

Pastor Bill Hybels will share 
his passion for reaching 
unchurched people in "Lost 
People Matter." 



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How To Grow a 
Sunday School 

Elmer Tbwns 

How to Make 
Adult SS Dynamic 

Elmer Tbwns 

How to Let Tour 

Passion Affect 

Tour Programming 

Sill Hybels 

How to Preach 

to Unchurched 


Bill Hybels 


How To Plan 
For Growth 

Ed TYenner 
Upper Room 

Ten Steps to 

Master Planning 

Part 1 

Ed TYenner 
Upper Room 

Ten Steps to 

Master Planning 

Part 2 

Ed Trenner 
Upper Room 

How to Identify 

Staff Strengths 

and Roles 

Ed TYenner 
Upper Room 

Teaching Adults 
Teaching Adults 
Teaching Adults 

An Overview of 
Scripture Press 
Adult Curriculum 

Bill Anderson 

How to Make 
Adult SS Dynamic 

Elmer Tbwns 

Tools and Tips 
For Lesson 

Bill Anderson 

Keys to 



Jeff Ahlgrim 

Teaching Children 
Teaching Children 
Teaching Children 

How to Lead a 

Child to Christ 

And Give Follow-up 

Mitch Picard 
Choir Room 

An Overview of 

SP Curriculum 

for Children 

Sill Anderson 

How to Get 

Children Excited 

About SS 

Mitch Picard 
Choir Room 

Creative Children's 



Bernle Simmons 
Choir Room 


How to 


Tour WHC 

Margie Devon 
FH I&2 

Ideas for 
Tour WMC 

Margie Devan 
FH 1&2 

Breaking the 

Pastor's Wife 


Lynne Hybels 
FH 1&J2 

The Joy 

Of Personal 


Lynne Hybels 
FH 1&2 

Prison Ministry 
Prison Ministry 
Prison Ministry 

Why Prison 

Ministries are 

Urgently Needed 

Roy Roberts 

How Tour Church 

Can Begin a 
Prison Ministry 

FH 9&10 

How to Train 

Leaders for 

Prison Ministry 

R obertsUac kson 

How to Build a 

Good Relationship 

Wlu a Prisoner 

Ken Taylor 

Marriage & Family 
Marriage & Family 
Marriage & Family 

Toward a Christian 

of Marriage 

Ken Taylor 

FH -7 

How To Listen To 
Tour Spouse dt Grow 
A Healthy Marriage 

Ken Taylor 

The Missing Link 

Pot Back 

Into Marriage 

Ken Taylor 
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How to Keep 



Roy Roberts 

M isslons 


I nvol vement 

Ed Cashman 

Our Burden for 
Church Planting 
Around the World 


How To Be Involved 
In Missions 
At Any Age 

Tom Jullen 

How to Stretch 

Tour Mission 


Don Miller 
FH 5 


What Is 
"First Love 

Garth Llndelef 

How to be 

Effective In 

Personal Evang. 

Steve Peters 

Mobilizing Lay 
People Through 
Evang. Explo. HI 

Lee Dice 

How To Lead 
A Person 
To Christ 

Tom Hughes 


Keys In 


Don Taylor 

Open Forum: 
How Grace Schools 
Benefit Tour Church 

Dave Plaster. M.C. 


A Church 

From Scratch 

Bob Thompson 

An Overview of 

Scripture Press 


Bill Anderson 

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iJERALD/ June 15, 1987 



More Than a 


by Leon Morris 

That the Cross is of central importance to Chris- 
tianity is clear even in the language we use. 
"Crucial" derives from a Latin word meaning "per- 
taining to a cross," and "crux" is simply the Latin 
for "cross." Whenever we say, "The crux of the mat- 
ter is this," or "This is the crucial point," we are 
saying, "Just as the Cross is central to Christiani- 
ty, so is the point central to my argument." 

Of course, the theological centrality of the Cross 
is seen in the structure of the Gospels, which have 
well been described as "Passion narratives with ex- 
tended introductions." In each one, the death and 
resurrection of Jesus take up a disproportionate 
amount of space. Everything is arranged to lead 
up to the climax of the Cross. And Paul can sum 
up the Christian message in the words "We preach 
Christ crucified" (I Cor. 1:23). 

However, today people sometimes hold that the 
essence of Christianity is rather to be found in the 
Sermon on the Mount, in Jesus' ethical teaching 
generally, in the idea of liberation, or the like. And 
indeed, Christianity is a profound religion and its 
teaching has many aspects. But if we are to be true 
to the New Testament, we must see the Cross at 
the center. 

Sinners and the Love of God 

Logically, we must start with the reality of sin. 
Dwellers in the Space Age often see the human 
predicament as due to lack of education, wealth, 
or some other resources, but the Bible says it is due 
to sin (Isa. 59:2). To look at our modern world - 
with its wars, crime, violence, and policies that 
allow mass starvation in many lands and the drug 
culture in others - is almost to gaze on a classical 
demonstration of the truth of the Christian 

And in the Christian view, sin has even more 
serious consequences than earthly disorder. The 
Bible speaks often of "the wrath of God" (Rom. 
1:18), and we should not forget that Jesus often 
warned of hell (Mark 9:43,45,47; Luke 12:5). Judg- 
ment is both a present reality (John 3:19) and a 
future certainty (Rom. 2:12). The Bible says we are 

responsible people and in due course must give ac- 
count of ourselves to God (Rom. 14:12); we cannot 
dismiss the evil we do as simply the result of the 
way we are made, as our fate rather than our fault. 
We are guilty when we stand before God. 

What God's Love Means 

But the Bible also reveals the astounding fact 
that in the face of our sin, God keeps loving us. He 
keeps loving because he is love (I John 4:8,16); it 
is his nature to love. And in love he brings about 
the salvation of sinners (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8). We 
should be clear about this. Sometimes people see 
the Father as a rather stern judge, who sentences 
sinners to hell. Into this picture comes a loving Son 
who intervenes to save them. But this picture is 
distorted. Any view of the Atonement that does not 
see it as coming from the Father's love is wrong. 

It is also unbiblical to see the Father's 
forgiveness as operating apart from the Cross. 
Modern sentimentalists often see the Father as 
a kindly person who does not take sin seriously. 
"He will forgive; that is what love means" is the 
thought. But this is to overlook the strong moral 
demand that runs through Scripture. The God 
who demands righteousness of his people is 
himself righteous. He does not forgive sin in a way 
that might be understood to mean sin does not 
matter. God forgives sin by the way of the Cross. 

That, of course, involves the Incarnation. Salva- 
tion depends on what God has done in Christ. The 
writer to the Hebrews insists that Jesus was made 
lower than the angels in order that he might taste 
death for every one of us (Heb. 2:9). He goes on to 
emphasize the importance of Christ's being one 
with those for whom he died (Heb. 2:11-15). He 
took human nature, not that of an angel (v. 16). 
But, of course, the God-head of Christ was involved 
too, as we see from the way Paul intertwines the 
thoughts of the Godhead and the manhood (Phil. 
2:5-11; Col. 1:19-20). 

Our salvation is due to none less than God. We 
must never forget that. And it is due to the fact that 
the Son of God genuinely became man. We must 


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never forget that, either. Only by holding both 
truths can we accurately understand the work of 
the Cross. 

Theories of Atonement 

View the human predicament as you will, it was 
in the Cross that New Testament writers saw 
deliverance. But the New Testament never tells us 
just how the Cross accomplishes this. Consequent- 
ly, the church through the centuries has not come 
to one mind on the matter. That does not mean 
that any way of looking at the Cross is acceptable: 
some views are so faulty they lead to an im- 
poverished or even perverted Christianity. It is im- 
portant not only that we see the Cross as central, 
but that we understand how it is central. 

Historical theories about the way the Cross saves 
tend to fall under three heads: those that see the 
Cross as victory, those that see its effect on us as 
the important thing (the subjective view of the 
Atonement), and those that see it as in some sense 
a satisfaction for sin. 

The idea of the Cross as victory was understood 
in the early centuries as a ransom paid to Satan. 
Sinners rightly belonged to the Evil One, and on 
the cross God handed his Son over to Satan as a 
ransom for sinners in hell. Satan was happy to ac- 
cept, but on Easter Day he found he could not hold 
Christ, who burst the bonds of hell and rose trium- 
phant. The Fathers sometimes used grotesque im- 
agery as they tried to express this truth, and their 
theory fell into disuse. But there is a profound 
truth here. Christ did win the victory, and the 
triumph of the Resurrection is an important part 
of our understanding of salvation. 

That the Cross does something to us (subjective 
atonement) is also important. This understanding 
often stresses Christ's example. The Cross shows 
us how we ought to live and how we ought to ac- 
cept suffering, even suffering unjustly inflicted. Or 
it may be said that when we look at the Cross we 
see what sin did to the spotless Son of God. This 
moves us to repent and turn away from the sort 
of thing that put Christ on the cross. Or it may be 

put in terms of love. At the Cross we see how great- 
ly God loves and we are moved to love him in 

There is no serious dispute about either the vic- 
tory of the Cross or its subjective effect. Both of 
these theories are significant. But the New Testa- 
ment says the Cross does more, that it is somehow 
a satisfaction for sin. 

The "Rightness" of Salvation 

The satisfaction view of the Atonement was first 
formulated as a coherent theory in the Middle 
Ages by Anselm. He saw sin as an insult to the 
honor of God. He made a distinction between the 
insult of a private person (who may be ready to 
forgive an insult or an injury done to him) and a 
public person (who must consider the integrity of 
his office). 

A king in his private capacity may be ready to 
overlook an offense, but because the state has been 
offended as well as the person, satisfaction must 
be made. God is sovereign over all things, and 
when his majesty is insulted by our sin proper, 
satisfaction must be made. Anselm went on to 
argue that the damage done was so great that no 
one but God could make satisfaction. Yet since the 
offense had been committed by man, no one but 
man could make satisfaction. Anselm concluded 
that it was necessary for God to become man if 
salvation were to be achieved. 

The Cross is evidence that . . . God 
insisted that sin be dealt with. 
Christ died to put away our sins. 

The Reformers took much the same position, ex- 
cept they kept closer to Scripture and spoke of God's 
broken law rather than his offended honor. Broken 
law (no different from offended honor) meant a 
heavy penalty, and Christ bore that penalty in our 

Such a view is currently out of favor. We are often 
told it makes law, not love, the ruling fact in God 



treatment of his creatures. But this is simply 
shallow thinking. In fact, love and some kind of law 
go together, or we do not really have love. How, 
apart from law, are we to rescue love from caprice? 
How do we know that the love we see today will 
not be replaced by hatred tomorrow? Surely it is 
only because there is something of law about the 
way love works. 

We should also beware of confusing love with 
sentimentality. There is much more of the latter 
commodity in the modern world. Genuine love 
is concerned for the very best for the loved ones, 
not for their immediate and temporary satisfac- 
tion. That will mean sometimes taking the hard 
way of insisting upon discipline and even 

What the New Testament writers are saying is 
that God saves us in a way that is right as well as 
powerful. God does not, so to speak, wave a hand 
and say, "The moral law is unimportant. Sin does 
not matter. I love people and therefore their sins 
need not be dealt with." 

Christ stood in our place 

and endured 

what we should have endured. 

The Cross is evidence that, on the contrary, 
God insisted that sins be dealt with. Christ died 
to put away our sins. We may or may not be able 
to see precisely how the death of Christ upheld 
God's law in dealing with our sins, but that does 
not give us license to shut our eyes to the New 
Testament's frequent use of legal categories to 
describe our salvation. Justification is an 
important category, and its legal force should not 
be overlooked. 

That Christ in some ways stood in our place and 
was our substitute when he died is clear in many 
places in Scripture. It appears early when Jesus 
accepts John's baptism, a baptism that numbered 
him with sinners (Matt. 3:15) and that points for- 
ward to the death he would die for them. Most 
commentators agree that the Gospels see Jesus as 
the suffering servant of Isaiah 53, one who suffers 
in the place of others. 

Jesus himself said he would be "a ransom for 
many" (Mark 10:45), with the word for (anti) 
meaning in the place of: it is a substitutionary 
word. And what else are we to make of the agony 
in Gethsemane and of the words "My God. my 
God, why have youforsaken me?" (Mark 15:34)? 
Many lesser people have faced death calmly, and 
it is impossible to hold that Jesus' distress was 
occasioned by the fear of death. It was not death 
as such that was the problem, but the kind of 
death he would die, a death in which he would be 
forsaken by the Father, a death in which he took 
the place of sinners. 

John records for us the cynical words of 
Caiaphas, "that one man should die for the peo- 
ple" (John 11:50). He sees these words as a ge- 
nuine (if unwitting) prophecy that Jesus would die 
"not for the nation only, to gather into one the 
children of God who are scattered abroad" (John 
11:52). Paul speaks of Jesus as having been made 
"a curse" for us (Gal. 3:13) and tells us that he who 
knew no sin. God "made sin for us" (II Cor. 5:21). 
He says "one has died for all; therefore all have 
died" (II Cor. 5:14). 

No Other Way 

Was the Cross necessary? Was there no other 
way of salvation? The deepest thinkers among 
mankind have always thought that real forgiveness 
is possible only when due regard is paid to the 
moral law. C.A. Dinsmore examined such diverse 
writings as those of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, 
Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, George Eliot, 
Hawthorne, and Tennyson, and came to the con- 
clusion that "It is an axiom in life and in religious 
thought that there is no reconciliation without 
satisfaction." Should we not see this as something 
God has implanted deep down in the human 
heart? Faced with a revolting crime, even the most 
careless among us are apt to say, "That deserves 
to be punished!" 

While the New Testament writers do not say this 
in quite the same way, they emphasize the moral 
law and insist that Christ has brought about salva- 
tion in accordance with what is right. Christ stood 
in our place and endured what we should have en- 
dured. There are other ways of looking at salvation, 
as we have said. But we must never overlook the 
fact that sinners have broken the law of God. 

It is the witness of the New Testament that 
Christ saves us in a way that takes that law into 
consideration. And there is never the slightest in- 
dication that anything other than Christ's atoning 
work can deal with the problem of the evil that is 
so much a part of the human situation. L3 

Leon Morris is the former principal of Ridley 
College, Melbourne, Australia. His many books 
include The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross 
(Eerdmans) and New Testament TheologJy 

Reprinted by permission from Christianity Today. 


HERALD/ June 15, 198' 

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Grandma . . . 

Going to Brazil? 

"Grandma going to Brazil?" This was just one 
way Miriam Uphouse's friends responded when 
they heard she would be going to Brazil for a year 
of missionary work. 

They really shouldn't have been too surprised. 
Despite the fact that Mrs. Uphouse had been of- 
ficially retired for two years, she wasn't the type 
to sit around. This latest move is just characteristic 
of a lifetime of doing (and accomplishing) things 
other people might have been afraid to try. 

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mrs. 
Uphouse accepted Christ at 11 years of age. As a 
teenager, she determined that Christ would always 
be first in her life. When she was 19, she met Nor- 
man Uphouse, a minister, who was ten years older 
than she. He made a similar commitment to Christ, 
and a year after her graduation from Philadelphia 
College of the Bible, they were married in 1939. 

The Uphouses moved from Philadelphia to Ten- 
nessee, where he taught at Bryan College, and she 
earned her L.P.N, degree. Ten years later, they came 
to Winona Lake, Indiana where Dr. Uphouse had ac- 
cepted a position at Grace College. In 1954, they 
joined the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
where they were faithful members throughout the 
years that followed. 

by Judy Daniels 

When all three of her daughters were in school, 
Mrs. Uphouse went back to school herself - this 
time to Grace College to complete a bachelor's 
degree. She graduated at age 45, and began a new 
career as the Dean of Women at Grace. 

For the next 20 years, she worked for Grace 
College, and during that time earned a master's 
degree, and received several distinguished 
awards, such as Indiana Merit Mother of the Year 
in 1977. 

In September, 1984, Mrs. Uphouse retired from 
Grace College. Although she and her husband had 
always done a lot of traveling, they looked forward 
to doing even more. By now their daughters, 
Debbie Wingard, Hannah Siebert, and Abby 
Graham, all lived in different parts of the country, 
and of course, seeing grandchildren was a good 
reason to travel. In her words, "I . . . thought things 
would go beautifully - we'd do lots of things 

For a few months things went exactly as 
planned. Then life took an unexpected turn. In 
February of 1985, Dr. Uphouse died suddenly of 
heart trouble, and Mrs. Uphouse found herself 
facing a very different sort of life than what she had 



Miriam Uphouse (left) speaks to the women of the Agua Boa church. Jean Zielasko translates. 

Not only did she have to cope with the many 
changes brought about by losing a mate, but she 
had to learn to run a business, about which she 
knew very little. For many years, the Uphouses had 
operated a trailer court on their farmland -- but he 
had done most of the "operating," because he en- 
joyed it, and she had other interests. But his death 
forced her to learn the details of the business. 

With her usual determination, she did cope. And 
in addition to running the trailer court, she 
became involved in helping other widows, and ac- 
cepted several speaking engagements - even one 
at Westville prison. She enjoyed what she was do- 
ing, but began to notice that many women were 
doing the same type of thing. 

She then asked herself, "Am I duplicating what 
many other women are doing?" She felt that she 
might be used by the Lord somewhere else, and 
with that in mind, submitted her resume to Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions. She asked if there was 
anything she could do, and they asked if she would 
go to North Brazil for a year. They also asked if she 
would learn Portuguese. Of course, she said yes to 
both questions. 

So in the fall of 1986, with her business sold, 
Mrs. Uphouse left for Brazil. She's working with 

£RALD/ June 15, 1987 

two other "grandparents" there - Jack and Jean 
Zielasko. Her ministry, in some ways, is similar to 
what she did here. She is involved in working with 
women's groups and women missionaries, plus 
some office work. 

In reflecting on her husband's death and the 
events in her life since then, she says: "I really felt 
that God left me here for a purpose, and that wasn't 
to curl up in a ball . . . and wait for the Second 
Coming. There was work to be done." Q 

Judy Daniels is the feature writer for the Winona Lake 
(INI Grace Brethren Church paper. Focus On Fellowship. 
where this article originally appeared. She is a graduate 
of Grace College (B.A. 1972). and lives in Winona Lake. 
Indiana, with her husband. Denny, and two daughters. 
Amy 10. and Lesley. 6. 



The following letter was received from Rev. Mark Britton in 
response to our request for comments in our February issue on Home 
Schooling. We appreciate his willingness to share his point of view 
and encourage others to write to us with their comments. 

Home Schooling 

by Rev. Mark Britton 

Please allow me to share my convictions and 
concerns on the issue of Home Schooling. 

I believe most Christian parents would agree 
that the ultimate responsibility for our children's 
education lies with the parents. And as I under- 
stand Scripture, the home is to be the primary 
learning center with the school and church as ex- 
tensions of it. (Deut. 6:4-9: Prov. 17:6: Gal. 4:2; 
Titus 1:6.) The objective then is to teach our 
children how to live. It would follow that we should 
apply math, social studies and all other subjects 
to the child's life by tying the accumulated 
knowledge with our Judeo-Christian philosophy. 

Herein lies the problem. It doesn't take a great 
deal of perception to realize that public education 
possesses an aggresive agenda toward amoralism, 
(if not immoralism). The crime, drugs, lack of 
discipline, plummeting standards, anti-religious 
curriculum, lack of respect for authority and 
rebellion all speak to this issue. The question then 
is this, "What should we do about it?" 

Many folks are of the persuasion that public 
school bureaucrats have brought the problem 
upon themselves and are crusading to "reform the 
schools". This energetic movement holds some 
fundamental problems. God's plan from the begin- 
ning has been for parents, not the government, to 
hold the responsibility for their children's educa- 
tion. God charged government with the respon- 
sibility of protecting the citizenry from crime and 
threat from evil nations, but never did He give it 
the right to prevent parents from instilling within 
their children the value systems they hold, 
whether Christian or non-Christian. Therefore the 
suspension of voluntary prayer and Bible reading 
and other anti-religious and humanistic reforms 
is a breach of God's contract to government and 
a strong indication of compulsory, anti-religious 

From public education one naturally turns to 
private schools. There are some great differences 
between the public schools and what we might 
term the "Christian school". Parents generally 
have greater input and control in the private 
school. It may also offer a more positive approach 

to education, as long as the teachers have been 
educated differently than the public school 
teachers and do not endeavor to "educate the 
whole child", (a euphemism for forcing their values 
on children instead of teaching them skills). 
Another concern is that some private schools use 
the same offensive methods and destructive cur- 
ricula as the public school. At times the private 
school can cost incredible amounts of money. 
Private school may be a valid choice, once children 
are mature enough to know what they believe and 
defend it when confronted by peers. But if an 
affordable private school that holds to the parent's 
educational philosophy and values is not available, 
home schooling may be the only viable choice. 
In my mind, teaching children at home is the 
best alternative in education for the following 

1. It allows me to assume the responsibility 
of educating my children in the fullest way. 
When the school system's values are diametrical- 
ly opposed to mine, it becomes confusing to my 
child when I stress subjection to authority, yet find 
it necessary to undermine his teacher's "values 
clarification". In short, I am able to match the cur- 
riculum content with my Judeo-Christian ethic. 

2. There is flexibility in the educational ap- 
proach. A recent study showed that only two 
hours of a school day is spent in actual teaching 
and study. But in the home, because of the 
teacher/student ratio and the keen insight into the 
needs of the child by the parent, the time required 
to fulfill a specific educational goal is greatly 
reduced and the proper balance of character and 
knowledge appropriation can be achieved. When 
knowledge is learned before character, pride and 
arrogance is the product. (II Pet. 1:5; I Cor. 8:1) The 
freedom to take field trips putting practical ap- 
plication to acquired knowledge has great value as 

3. Important to me is the opportunity of 
socializing my child God's way. The most 
destructive force in public and private schools to- 
day is peer dependence. Prov. 1:10-19; 13:20 in- 
dicates that a wise parent will be sensitive to the 


HERALD/ June 15, 19S 



peer struggle. Webster defines socialization as "the 
process of making one functional in society." I 
would be so bold as to suggest that it should in- 
clude making one an agent of positive influence. 
In my mind, the whole public school scene sug- 
gests a grandiose failure in socialization and the 
efforts of educrats to implement school-based 
clinics and mental health testing only compounds 
the blight. Although these trends are not an issue 
with private schools, the peer pressure to be 
popular because of one's looks, rebellion or 
scholasticity can be equally detrimental to a 
healthy self esteem acquired by an awareness of 
one's intrinsic value. True socialization occurs 
through the vehicle of parental example and shar- 
ing rather than acquiescence to peer pressure 
(social contagion). 

My wife and I have five children under the age 
of six. This year we have been running a 
Kindergarten for our five-year-old twins and four- 
year-old daughter. The experience has been 
nothing short of fulfilling for us and academically 
rewarding for the kids. It is apparent to us that 
educational reform is necessary. What needs to be 
reformed are the current trends in our society's 
educational systems and the recognition that 
God's design for education is best. 

We sure hope to see more articles in the Herald 
concerning home schooling and we deeply ap- 
preciate the great way you have been guiding the 

Sincerely in Christ, 

Rev. Mark Britton 

Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church 

South Bend, Indiana 


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Grace Brethren Church on June 16. The second team 
begins their orientation on the same date at the 
Hagerstown, Maryland, GBC. A ministry of GBC Chris- 
tian Education, Operation Barnabas will give 56 high 
school students a six-week ministry experience in local 
churches throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New 
Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each boy on Opera- 
tion Barnabas will learn to prepare and present a brief 
sermon. Girls will learn skills in storytelling. All will be 
involved in personal evangelism, teaching Sunday 
school, and growing in spiritual disciplines. 

Roanoke, VA -- The Ghent Grace Brethren Church of 
Roanoke, VA, and its former pastor, Rev. Kenneth 
Teague, were honored in a recent issue of the local 
Roanoke Times & World News. The church is well known 
in the city as the church under the neon sign 'Jesus 
Saves." According to Pastor Teague, souls have been 
saved who have seen the sign and were led to the 
church office where he was able to lead them to the 
Lord. Pastor Teague has now retired from the active 
ministry and will be involved in traveling and doing some 
evangelistic and conference work among our churches. 

Chambersburg, PA - Pastor David L. Manges, who 
assumed the pastoral duties of the Chambersburg 
Grace Brethren Church following the resignation of 
Pastor Earl Summers, was ordained as a minister in the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches on Sunday, 
March 29, 1987. Pastor Dean I. Walter of the Temple 
Hills, MD, Grace Brethren Church was the guest 
speaker for that service. The congregation presented 
Pastor Dave with a gift. There was a surprise reception 
in his honor following the service. 

Kent, WA -- On Sunday, February 22, 1987, Rev. Jack 
V. Rants was installed as pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Kent, WA. The previous pastor, David E. 
Marksbury, delivered the installation address entitled 
"Passing the Mantle", and Don Catlett, acting chairman 
of the Elder Board during the interim period, presided 
over the taking of vows by pastor and congregation. A 
delicious carry-in dinner completed the morning of 
celebration and commitment. 

Winona Lake, IN -- The new name and address of our 
Brethren Evangelism work is: Brsthren Evangelistic 
Ministries, P.O. Box 333, Winona Lake, IN 46590. All gifts 
should be sent to this address. 

Montclair, CA -- The Montclair Grace Brethren Church 
has ceased to exist as of May 31, 1987. Please change 
all records. 

Makakilo, HI -- Rev. Jim Kennedy has resigned from 
his former pastorate in Hawaii to assume charge of the 
Makakilo Grace Brethren Church, P.O. Box 2097, Ewa 
Beach HI 96706. 

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6 6 

. . in prison, 

and ye 
came unto me 

by Ralph Wiley 

9 9 

The truth of II Cor. 5:17 about a person becom- 
ing a new creature is never seen more clearly than 
in the prison setting. In my nearly 29 years as a 
prison chaplain, I saw many transformed lives 
with many men involved in active ministries to- 
day years later. 

It was almost amusing and always amazing to 
watch some in their changes. Three were con- 
verted at almost the same time. They banded 
together to "serve Jesus." They gave up their 
drugs, pornography - everything. One said, "We 
even gave up coffee, because we didn't know 
whether it was right or wrong." They decided to 
study the Bible together every night and started 
with the Book of the Revelation. They had read 1:3 
about being blessed and they said they wanted 
that. All three came from extensive criminal 
backgrounds, but today, ten years later, two are or- 
dained ministers and the other might as well be. 
All are extremely active soul-winners. 

The need is great and hearts are 
more tender for answers 

Does a man in prison need salvation any more 
than a person outside? No. It makes no difference 
if a person lives in a penthouse or a penitentiary, 
they are equally lost. (Romans 3:23) The prisoner 
needs the fruits or results worse. There are degrees 
of goodness and badness, but all are lost, all need 
to be saved, and that comes only from faith in 

Is a prison ministry worthwhile? Yes! It is the on- 
ly hope a man has. I always told men, "You do not 
have a head problem, you have a heart problem." 
Every rehabilitative program is aimed at the head 
and has failed. Only Christ can change the heart. 

Only eternity will reveal the results of many jail 
ministries. I had many men tell me they were con- 
verted while in the county jail by some outsiders 
who shared with them. When I asked if they knew 
the person's name they would say, "No, it was just 

some guy." God knows that "some guy" and that 
"some guy" could be you. 

I would just give some suggestions and warnings 
for jail or prison ministries. 

1. Be sure you do not pick green fruit. Be sure 
you present the changed life or repentenee part of 
the gospel. 

2. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading. The 
man's interest could be similar to the "death bed" 

3. Be careful of becoming financially involved. 
I have watched many a Christian "milked." 

4. Be careful of females getting involved with 
male inmates. I saw too many good Christian 
women become emotionally involved with homes 
broken up, pregnancies, broken hearts, etc. 

5. Become a friend and encourager, but always 
remember you are there as Christ's Ambassador 
to deal with an eternal soul. 

Jail and prison work is unique. The need is great 
and hearts are more tender for answers. You may 
be the one that God can use to turn a life around 
and to save a soul. If you have a jail or prison near- 
by, I would urge you to become involved. You could 
watch the paper and if a local person became in- 
volved in an offense, drop them a note of en- 
couragement and offer friendship to them. And, 
do not forget to minister to their families. 

Ralph Wiley recently served as interim pastor at 
the Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. He 
is currently a resident of Florida. 

ERALD/ June 15, 1987 



Super Sunday 

In Home Missions 

Sunday mornings dawn rather uneventful- 
ly for most of us. But for nearly 40 Grace 
Brethren Home Mission pastors and their 
families around the nation, it is a different 
story. It is a key day in their church planting 
ministry, a time to gather the congregation 
for corporate worship, to make new friends for 
Christ, and to serve members of the body. 

Grace Brethren Home Missions asked four 
pastors to highlight a Sunday's activities 
from the sound of the alarm clock to the mo- 
ment they retired for the evening. January 24 

was arbitrarily selected as the day. In Gettys- 
burg, PA, it was Friendship Sunday. In Hart- 
ford City, IN; North Pole, AK; and Hemet, CA; 
it was services as usual. But around the coun- 
try it also was an unofficial "national holi- 
day" -- Super Bowl Sunday. 

Come with us as we visit Pastor Phil and 
Minda Spence at Hartford City, IN; Pastor 
Tony and Cathy Webb at Gettysburg, PA; 
Pastor Dean and Diane Smith, of Hemet, CA; 
and Pastor Bob and Jamie Gentzel, in North 
Pole, AK. 

Phil and Minda Spence 

Sunday. January 24 
Hartford City, Indiana 

5 a.m. (est) -- Pastor Phil Spence arises for the 
day. "I spend this time finishing details on my ser- 
mon," he says. "I hope God will use this sermon to 
challenge and stimulate the hearts of His people 

He also spends some time in prayer. "The Lord 
has been pouring out His Spirit among us the last 
few months and this morning I'm praying that 
would continue." He also remembers several in- 
dividuals in his church who are struggling or 
hurting. "Lift them up, Lord, and strengthen them 
for your sake," he says. Minda, his wife, soon joins 
him and the two pray together. 

7:45 a.m. - The phone rings at the Spence 
residence. It is Chuck, a layman at the church who 
is clearing the ice off the sidewalks. "He can't find 
the salt," notes Pastor Phil. "I tell him whose house 
it is at and he reassures me he will take care of it. 
Thank you, Lord, for a servant such as this!" 

9:30 a.m. -- The morning worship service gets 
underway. "I am especially glad for two different 
families who are here," notes the pastor. "Another 
family hasn't come now for three weeks. I wonder 
what the situation is there?" 

2:45 p.m. - Pastor Spence joins the young 
people of his church in a "Winter Olympics." An 
afternoon of sledding and snowmobiling has 
brought eight teens to the home of Ron and 
Dorothy Duddleston, the youth sponsors. "This is 
very encouraging," says the pastor. "I thank the 
Lord for this turnout and for Ron and Dorothy, who 
recently took the youth as their ministry." 

4:30 p.m. - The pastor is back home to warm 
up and dry out. A planned visit to a parishioner 
in the hospital in Muncie, IN, 20 miles away, is 
cancelled because time is limited. "I spend time 
relaxing with my wife before going back to 

6:00 p.m. - The evening service starts. "I am 
continuing my teaching on prayer," comments 
Pastor Phil. "I feel that dedicated prayer by all of 
us is going to be vital for each of our lives and the 
future growth of this church," he says. "Tonight's 
topic is 'how knowing more about the attributes 
of God will effect our prayer life.'" 

8:00 p.m. - Arriving home, the Spences have 
the opportunity to watch some of the Super Bowl 
game on television, but it has been a long day. "We 
all retire early," says the pastor. "We are 


HERALD/ June 15, 191 


Tony and Cathy Webb 

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 

6:00 a.m. (est) -- "This day begins with great 
longing and anticipation," writes Pastor Tony 
Webb. "This is our first Friendship Sunday at the 
Gettysburg Grace Brethren Church. A Friendship 
Sunday is to encourage the people of the church 
to invite a friend so their friend can be introduced 
to the ministry of our church," he explains. A few 
days before, the area had received 12 inches of 
snow and four more are forecast for later today. It 
all adds to the pastor's apprehension. "This is our 
first attempt at this and the weather has been 

9:00 a.m. -- Pastor Webb, his wife, Cathy, and 
their two-month-old daughter. Heather, arrive at 
the rented facility which houses the Grace 
Brethren Church. "As we walk in the door, we hear 
Marian Stevens practicing the organ. This is the 
first Sunday in a long time the organ is to be played 
and it is very refreshing for all involved." 

10:30 a.m. - The much-anticipated Friendship 
Sunday at the Gettysburg Grace Brethren Church 
is underway. "We have 33 people," writes Pastor 
Tony It was the first time in nearly a year that the 
young congregation had more than 30 people for 
a regular worship service. 

12:00 p.m. - The special day moves to the com- 
munity room of the Adams County Bank for a 
carry-in dinner and in doing so, picks up two more 
people. "I've had two goals in praying for this day," 
says the pastor. "The first was to break 30 in at- 
tendance with Gettysburg people, not visitors from 
other areas. The second, to acquire at least two 
new contacts for the church, which we did. The 
Lord wonderfully answered my prayer for this day 
and it was a real boost in the arm for all of us in 
the church." 

4:00 p.m. - The afternoon over, the Webbs and 
their church members have cleaned up the Com- 
munity Room and headed home. "We have no 
evening service because of the afternoon ac- 
tivities," says the pastor, who spends the evening 
relaxing with his family. 

As he .reviews the day. Pastor Tony sees tremen- 
dous victory. "It accomplished what I had hoped 
and prayed." he says. "It was very draining emo- 
tionally for both my wife and me. but that is part 
of the job. The day was also a success, because due 
to the weather, it did not look like a good day to 
try to reach out to other people and get them to 
come to church. God, however, intervened by us- 
ing some very committed people and sovereignly 
taking care of the situation. For God knows and 
he is showing us that it is solely up to him to build 
a church in Gettysburg. It is solely to his glory, not 
to any one person here." 

Dean and Diane Smith 

Hemet, California 

5:00 a.m. (pst) - The alarm rings at the Hemet 
home of Pastor Dean Smith. After breakfast and 
a shower, he leaves for the Grace Brethren Church, 
arriving there at 6 a.m. 

6:00 a.m. -- "I go through the church to make 
certain everything is in order for the Lord's Day," 
says Pastor Smith. The heat is turned up. the 
sound system and microphones in the auditorium 
are checked, and lights are turned on. 

6:45 a.m - Pastor Smith is "preaching through" 
his message in preparation for the morning wor- 
ship service at the Hemet GBC. 

10:30 a.m. - The Hemet Grace Brethren 
Church is just beginning the morning worship ser- 
vice. "My message this morning is titled 'Christ's 
Terms of Discipleship,' from Luke 14,'" notes Pastor 

11:45 a.m. - Worshipers at the Grace Brethren 
Church begin to file out the door. Pastor Smith is 
there to greet them as they leave. 

12:00 p.m. - Pastor Smith shows the Dobson 
film, "Preparing for Adolescence," to those who 
had been unable to view it during the adult Sun- 
day School class at 9 a.m. 

1:30 p.m. - The Smiths arrive home. A planned 
Super Bowl party with several other couples did 
not materialize, so Dean and his wife. Diane, watch 
it together. "We terminated our Sunday evening 
service prior to this." notes the pastor, "so we do 
not have to deal with Super-Sunday night."' 

ERALD/ June 15, 1987 



Jamie and Bob Gentzel 

North Pole, Alaska 

8:00 a.m. (aht) -- The day begins for Pastor Bob 
Gentzel and his family. "We have no Sunday 
School now and our morning worship begins at 1 1 
o'clock." explains the pastor. It provides a more 
leisurely morning for the pastor and his wife, 
Jamie as they help their three children get ready 
for the day. 

11:00 a.m. -- The morning service begins. "I 
preach the fourth of a series of messages on wor- 
ship," says Pastor Bob. "This one is titled - "Wor- 
ship - Past, Future, and Present.'" Following the 
service, the congregation is reluctant to leave. 
"People in Alaska love to stay around after worship 
and talk, talk," notes the pastor. "I wonder - is it 
love of fellowship, or just fear of going back out- 
side in minus 40 degree weather?" 

1:00 p.m. - A woman, whose husband is away 
for a week on military duty, joins the Gentzels for 
lunch. "We are located between two military bases, 
seven miles from each, one Army and one Air 
Force," notes the pastor. "So, to some degree, our 
task is to minister to a fairly transient community." 

4:00 p.m. - "Once or twice a week, I put on a 
shirt with black and white stripes and a whistle 
and referee high school basketball," says the 
pastor. "Today, I attend our bi-weekly meeting. 
This hobby helps meet two needs in my life: the 
need for consistent physical exercise, and the op- 
portunity to meet unsaved people in our com- 
munity. And. it teaches me to receive unfair 
criticism calmly - an important lesson!" 

6:30 p.m. - The North Pole Grace Brethren 
Church recently began Sunday evening worship. 
Notes Pastor Bob, "We had the last of a series of 
Bible studies on 'The Biblical Concept of Integrity.' 
It was a very convicting study!" 

7:30 p.m. - The day draws to a close for the 
Gentzels. "We go to the home of a family in the 
church to eat ice cream with peanuts and 
chocolate sauce," says the pastor. "Can you think 
of a better way to end the day?" 

It has been a busy Sunday in Home Missions 
ministries. And even as these pastors retire 
for the night, their hearts and minds are on 
the next day and the individuals in their com- 
munity who need Christ. Their work is never 
done, for in our nation of 236,000,000 people, 
an estimated 55 million regularly attend 
church and another 90 million sometimes at- 
tend. This leaves an estimated 80 million who 
never darken the door of a church and, 
presumably, have never heard the Gospel. 
Startling statistics, considering there are on- 
ly six other nations in the world which have 
a total population of more than 80 million! 


HERALD/ June 15, 19 


Construction Begins 

Construction on the eight-unit Angie Garber 
Missionary Residence gets underway this month 
at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission in Counselor, 
New Mexico. Actual construction begins June 29 
with volunteer construction workers. Wilber Cook, 
a member of the Grace Brethren Church, Colorado 
Springs, Colorado, is overseeing the work. 

The building is named for Angie Garber, who 
has ministered faithfully at the Mission for more 
than 30 years. 

As of the end of May, nearly $50,000 had been 
raised toward the project including more than 
$7,000 which was given by the National WMC. 
Donors who contribute $275 or more are receiv- 
ing a signed, numbered, matted, and framed 
lithograph of "Waiting For A Ride," a painting by 
well-known western artist, Brownell McGrew. It is 
also available unframed and unmatted to those 
who give $200 or more. Individuals who give less 
than $200 will receive a 9xl2-inch copy of the 

The new facility will meet a desperate need for 
both long- and short-term staff housing at the Mis- 
sion. Space has been at a premium for many years 
and quarters are generally small and aging. Part 
of the Garber Missionary Project is also to upgrade 
existing facilities and eventually construct several 
single-family dwellings. 

Staff of Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries, Grace 
Brethren Home Missions, and members of the 
board of directors gathered in April to break 
ground for the Angie Garber Missionary 
Residence, a multi-family dwelling which will 
house short term missionaries on the Counselor. 

NM compound. Left to right are Larry 
Chamberlain, assistant executive director, Grace 
Brethren Home Missions; Rev. Robert Fetterhoff, 
board member; Dr. Robert Thompson, executive 
director, Grace Brethren Home Missions; Wilber 
Cook, construction superintendant; Rev. Larry 
Wedertz, executive director, Grace Brethren Navajo 
Ministries; Rev. Ray Thompson, assistant ex- 
ecutive director, Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries; 
Joe Taylor, board member; and Rev. David 
Marksbury, western director, Grace Brethren 
Home Missions. 

SRALD/ June 15, 1987 



This article by missionary Kent Good clarifies a very intriguing 
passage in Acts, one which has many implications for our present 
situation in the Grace Brethren Fellowship. 

When Fellowship 
Becomes Indispensable 

by Kent Good 

Many churches in the Grace Brethren Fellowship 
are going through an identity crisis. Few men are 
still living who were involved in our beginnings in 
1940. What were the reasons behind our separa- 
tion from the Ashland Brethren? Why do we con- 
tinue to exist as a fellowship? These are important 
questions for my generation of Grace Brethren. 

On June 16. 1985. we faced some of these ques- 
tions when the fellowship of French Grace 
Brethren churches was officially begun following 
six years and many hours of searching the Scrip- 
tures to discern the will of God. The most serious 
question addressed was. "WHY FORM A 

Identity and Mission 

The mission field and experiences which it pro- 
vides relative to the beginning of churches has 
perhaps some valuable lessons to teach us 
regarding our identity as a fellowship. The most 
obvious of these is the following: Church planting 
undertaken as a joint venture of several churches 
requires a clear definition of their common 

It would seem evident that before you can start 
a church, you must know what it is that you are 
starting. What doctrine will be taught? What 
structures will be adopted? What form will the or- 
dinances take? These issues, often worked through 
with much difficulty by individual pastors, present 
an even greater challenge to churches cooperating 
in a church-planting endeavor. Whenever two or 
more people work together to plant a new church 
("lone-ranger" church-planters have no precedent 
in the biblical model) they must be agreed. 

The problem of identity is heightened with each 
year that we are removed from the primitive 
church. Singleness of doctrine and apostolic pro- 
tection are no longer a feature of our Christianity 
today. In our own country there are vast differences 
among those who claim the Scriptures as their 
source of truth. In such a situation, how can we 

preserve a clear sense of our definition as a 
fellowship of churches so that we might continue 
together to plant churches like ours while still 
maintaining spiritual fellowship with others that 
are different. 

The New Testament Model 
-- A Battle Strategy 

The Council at Jerusalem in Acts 15 perhaps 
suggests an answer to some of our questions. 
Jerusalem and Antioch were involved together in 
a church-planting endeavor. Barnabas, originally 
a missionary from Jerusalem, and Saul, now elder 
and missionary from Antioch had been planting 
churches in Asia Minor. Upon their return to An- 
tioch, they learned of dissension within the home 
churches relative to their missionary activity 
among non-Jews. The problem was of a sort that 
the future of the missionary outreach was actual- 
ly in danger. If these two sending bodies were to 
split from each other, their strength would of 
course be greatly minimized. They ceased mis- 
sionary activity and sought to resolve the problem. 

When the home churches are not 

agreed, the danger is not 

incurred so much on the home 

front as it is on the mission field. 

The manner in which the Council answered this 
question is remarkable. Rather than solve the im- 
mediate problem, they changed the focus to the 
purpose of the church, and each side yielded to the 
other for the sake of working together. The 
Jerusalem delegation yielded on its desire to im- 
pose circumcision on the Antioch group, whereas 
the latter yielded on the other four isses. 

Their reaction to this challenge revealed an at- 
titude which is quite interesting. Was theirs a "for- 
tress mentality" (similar terminology also used by 


HERALD/ June 15, 19 


Frank Tillapaugh in The Church Unleashed) or a 
battle strategy? These two designations 
characterize two differing points of view concern- 
ing the existence of fellowships of churches. The 
former is the protectionist attitude which sees 
fellowships as existing for the maintenance of the 
common identity "within the walls" or the 
parameters of the fellowship agreements -- the con- 
stitution and the statement of faith. It is an at- 
tempt to preserve sameness "for the sake of the 
testimony of the existing group". The latter, what 
I have called the battle strategy mentality, sees the 
existence of fellowships of churches as necessary 
not solely for protection within the walls, but also 
for the advancement of the church's testimony out- 
side of the walls. According to this position, doc- 
trinal unity is preserved not as an end in itself, but 
as a platform for working together to plant other 
churches "like ours". 

Division at home is cheap 

by comparison 

to its price tag abroad. 

The Acts period and its missionary thrust would 
appear to have been characterized by this "battle 
strategy mentality". Common identity among 
local churches was preserved through inter- 
church decisions (such as those of Acts 15) in order 
that The Church attain maximum effectiveness in 
its mission "outside of the walls". Fellowships of 
churches conforming to this first century model, 
it would seem, should still have this same primary 
goal - the accomplishment of their mission, by do- 
ing together what they cannot do as well alone. 
Identity is to be maintained not as an end in itself, 
but as a basis for involvement together in mission. 
This was the reason for the Jerusalem council. 
These two churches had a common mission. They 
were planting churches like their own and knew 
they must agree on certain issues to maintain their 
working relationship. 

When to divide and when to concede will be best 
decided upon with the goal of fellowship (the mis- 
sion of the church) in view, the decision being 
made in light of its repercussions on the goal. 

The question to be asked when facing any 
disagreement then, is this. "Is this issue important 
enough to risk the rupture of the team (fellowship 
of churches) and the consequent damage to the 
mission in which we are mutually involved?" 

Some issues definitely are . . . some are not. 
Remember, if our common mission is our goal, 
then when we divide, it must be with the full 
knowledge that we are sacrificing our effectiveness 
for a time which is our very reason for existence. 
Sometimes we must do so, but not always. 

The Glory of Brethrenism 

Among all of the fellowships of churches or 
denominations existing in Christianity today, what 
does the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
have to offer? I think we would all agree that the 
greatest value of the FGBC is its commitment to 
the Scriptures ("the Bible, the whole Bible and 
nothing but the Bible"). This is manifested 
generally by a Bible-trained ministry (concerned 
with the words of Scripture . . . even on our distinc- 
tive practice of the ordinances) and by a well- 
above-average missionary interest and outreach. 
Our identity is fine-tuned, and this is a great ad- 
vantage on the mission field. When our mis- 
sionaries come together from many different local 
churches, they have a common conception of the 
new church they are seeking to plant. Many mis- 
sionaries, particularly those involved in inter- 
denominational works or para-church organiza- 
tions are not so blessed. It is easy to sit on this side 
of the Atlantic or Pacific oceans and act as though 
we don't need each other, but this is to ignore the 
primary reason for our existence as a fellowship 
-- our mutual mission. As Paul and Barnabas 
recognized two millennia ago, when the home 
churches are not agreed, the danger is not 
incurred so much on the home front as it is on the 
mission field. 

We need to review our activity as a fellowship in 
light of our mission. Doctrinal singleness among 
FGBC's is important, but not as an end in itself. 
It is important because the only way we can work 
together to plant churches like ours is through our 
agreement as to what we are. 

We need to insist upon much 
and tolerate some. 

If our mutual mission is important to us, we as 
a fellowship need to recognize two things: 

1. We dare not simply ignore our dif- 
ferences. Even on many of the fine points of doc- 
trine, we must not be too hasty to relegate certain 
issues to a status of "not important". All Scriptural 
issues are important, because the words of Scrip- 
ture are important. Even discussions over polity, 
eschatology and the ordinances are important, 
because differences in these areas lead toward a 
loss of clear identity so necessary on the mission- 
field and can therefore hinder effectiveness in 
church-planting. All issues, however, do not have 
the same importance - those before the Jerusalem 
council were not all "major doctrinal issues", but 
were all the seed form of potential division. This 
potential seems to be the gauge of importance. 

2. We dare not divide over all differences. If 
our mutual mission of planting other chur 

ours at home and abroad is our primary reason for 

SRALD/ June 15, 1987 



existence as a fellowship, then we must consider 
all disagreements among us in light of their effect 
on that mission. Division at home is cheap by com- 
parison to its price tag abroad. At home we can 
disassociate ourselves one from another on a 
district or national level with little effect on the 
local church. But that same disassociation 

May we make our decisions in 
the light of our mission. 

paralyzes home and foreign missions. Whether we 
admit it or not, we are incapable of doing alone 
what we are able to do together. The idea that 
inter-denominational or para-works can ac- 
complish the job just as effectively is rarely born 
out in reality. They are very effective in evangelism 
(often more so than church groups), but not in 
church-planting. Longevity demands the latter. 

We need to be alike enough 

to not be hindered 

in our common mission. 

There will always be differences, and here we are 
faced with a dilemma. While we need to maintain 
a clear identity to be effective in the accomplish- 
ment of our mission, our doctrinal identity will not 
be total this side of heaven. So how alike do we 
need to be? Consider this answer: We need to be 
alike enough to not be hindered in our common 
mission. We need to insist upon much and tolerate 
some. Toleration of differences is not compromise 
of personal conviction, but concession granted to 
a brother to hold to positions or practices 
somewhat different than my own without rupture 
of our working relationship (fellowship). That's the 
way it is in the body of Christ. 

May we make our decisions in the light of our 
mission. May God guide us. 

Kent Good and his wife, Becky, have 
been church planting in France for 8 
years. They are living in Dijon. France 
working with university students. Both 
are from Ft. Lauderdale. Florida. 

Planting In Tokyo 

In a country where the people are hard-hearted and 
indifferent to the Gospel, a victory was claimed recently. 

Twenty-five Japanese adults and five missionaries at- 
tended the first Grace Brethren Church service in Tokyo, 
Japan on April fifth. 

The day began with prayer at 8 a.m. One hour later, 
four children and one father came to Sunday School. 
Then at 11:00, twenty-five Japanese adults and five mis- 
sionaries began a worship service. Six adults and three 
children came whom the missionaries had never seen 

On April 7, the O'Dells' weekly English and Bible 
study time began. They are praying that this program 
will be a bridge into the church program which will lead 
people to Christ. 

Too Old? 

Jose Palacios is retired. He has white hair and wears 

He is a grandfather. 

But he and his wife llda do not think they are too old 
to leave their comfortable home and family in Argen- 
tina to become foreign missionaries in a suburb of 
Montevideo, Uruguay. 


Because three years ago an Uruguayan couple 
named Maria and Pepe Muniz visited them and 
accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Then the Muniz 
family returned to Uruguay and won several more family 
members to the Lord. They began sending letters to the 
Don Bosco Grace Brethren Church which said, "Come 
over and help us. We want to learn. We want to grow." 

Jose and llda's burden for the people in Uruguay 
began to increase as they prayed about God's will for 
the rest of their lives. Finally they left as self-supporting 
missionaries with the blessings of the Don Bosco 

(continued on page 30) 


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Rev. Richard Battis, 10 Waynesburg 
Road, Washington, PA 15301. 

Frank Gardner, 3414 Northridge Rd., 
Alexandria, OH 43001. 

David Hitchman, 425 E. Walnut St., 
Allentown, PA 18103. 

Aldo Hoyt, Please remove the mail- 
ing address and use only 725 S. Eliot. 

Rev. Norm Johnson, 810 Sandusky, 
Ashland, OH 44805 Tel. 419/289-3712 
(This has been previously changed to 
New Matamoras, OH. The BMH has 
two Norman Johnsons on file and the 
wrong one was changed. Sorry.) 

Robert Juday, P.O. Box A.C. 527, 
Quezon City, 3001, Philippines. 

Rev. James Kennedy, 92-944 
Palailai St., No. 91, Makakilo, HI 96707 
(Tel. 808/672-4542). 

Craig Manges, P.O. Box 104, 
New Enterprise, PA 16664. 

Leroy Munholland, Box 1356, 
Lebanon, MO 65536. 

John Nagle, Rt. 3, Box 3842-A, 
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Rev. Jack K. Peters, Jr., 810 Larry 

Ave, Vandalia, OH 45377. 

David Rush, 24120 Frederick Ave., 

Ripon, CA 95366 (Tel. 209/599-6912). 

He will serve as associate pastor at 

the Ripon GBC. 

Ronald Satta, 3008 Brinkley Rd., 

Apt. 102, Temple Hills, MD 20748. 

Rev. Kenneth Teague, 530 W. 28th 

Street, Buena Vista, VA 24416. 

Troutdale, OR: Grace Brethren 

Church drop the all mail address. 

Aiken, SC: Grace Brethren Church, 
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MARSHALL: Michelle Carroll 
Holtzman and David M. Marshall, 

(both members of the Winona Lake, 
IN Grace Brethren Church), March 21, 
1987. Rev. James Marshall, father of 
the groom, performed the ceremony. 

GENTRY: Lisa Gray and John Gen- 
try, were united in marriage on April 
25 at the Temple Hills Grace Brethren 
Church. Pastor Larry Gegner per- 
formed the ceremony. 


BRENNEMAN, MAX, 75. went to 
meet his Lord on May 2. He and his 
wife (the former Elaine Polman) were 
self-supporting missionaries in Puer- 
to Rico for 19 years. Max also 

pastored the Westminster and the 
Fillmore, CA, churches. Pastor 
Charles Ashman officiated at the 
memorial service at the Winona Lake, 
IN Grace Brethren Church. 

OSBORN, KATHRYN J. 80. March 5, 
First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, 
IN. She was saved under the ministry 
of Leo Polman in 1939 and was the 
mother of Bobbette Ridenour, an 
employee of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company and William E. 
Osborn. Larry Richeson, pastor. 

MONROE, KENNETH, 90. April 1, 
Santa Barbara, CA. He had served as 
a pastor in our Fellowship but will best 
be remembered by "old-timers" as a 
professor at Ashland College, Biola, 
and Westmont College. He was a 
brother of Mrs. Conard (Fern) Sandy. 

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(continued from page 28) 

Church on February 20. They arrived in sunny, yet 
economically strapped Shangrila, Uruguay, their new 
home, the next day. 

Since their first meeting March 14, the Palacios have 
seen seven decisions for Christ and one rededication. 
Twenty people meet with them weekly. They have 
already outgrown their meeting facility and are looking 
for another place to meet. Rent is high and land is 
scarce in Uruguay. Please pray that God will provide 
a suitable meeting place for these new believers. 

The Palacios do not know what the future holds for 
them in Uruguay, but they are not too old to trust God 
every step of the way. 

Angels Rejoice 

After six weeks of study with Dave and Cindy Kowalke 
and much prayer on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, 
Joan Jones, a resident of the Sutton Coldfield, England 
area accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Pray 
that she will be the first fruit of many in the Sutton Col- 
dfield area. 

Consider Brazil 

Wendell Kent and Gordon Austin, GBFM staff 
members, spent 17 days visiting missionaries in Brazil 
April 8-24. They took over 2000 pictures, taped many 
interviews with missionaries and nationals, and came 
home enthusiastic about the over-all stability and vitality 
of the work. 

Says Wendell of his impressions of Brazil, "The mis- 
sionary team needs replacements. Many of our people 
are nearing retirement age. 

"The 25 students at the Bible Institute in Belem are 

a sharp, attractive, dedicated group of young people 
They travel by city bus every evening to attend classes. 

"The traffic in Brazilian cities is horrendous. Prayer 
for the safety of our missionaries should be a high priori- 
ty item. 

"Our missionaries are happy, live comfortably, and 
work very hard. 

"Church services in Brazil are very similar to those 
in the states. Personal testimonies are common. Bibles 
are carried. There is a lot of good music -- guitars are 
more common than pianos. Dress is modest. Preaching 
is fervent and exuberant. 

"If you like beans and rice, you would love Brazil. 

"The openness of Brazilian people to the Gospel is 
refreshing. It is not difficult to talk to people about the 
Lord, hold street meetings, or relate to them how Christ 
has made the difference in your life. An American young 
person considering missionary service ought to con- 
sider Brazil!" 

What's A Pygmy Anyway? 

When missionaries Jim Hines, Bob Skeen and Dave 
Daugherty visited Bambio, a village in the Central 
African Republic, in March to evaluate the physical and 
spiritual needs of the Pygmy people, they found out 
what a pygmy is. 

Webster says, "A pygmy is one of a small people of 
equatorial Africa ranging under five feet in height." 

Dr. Jim Hines says, "They are short. Of the 28 adults 
I treated for illnesses, the average height was 4'9". They 
even make me look like a giant!" 

He examined and treated 55 people for a diverse 
number of illnesses such as abdominal pain and leg 
ulcers and learned that the mortality rate for children 
is nearly 50 percent. Says Dr. Hines, "Most families had 
experienced the death of one or more children, some 
had lost all of their children!" 

Dentist Dave Daugherty found that every adult had 
his front teeth filed to a sharp point. 

Says Jim, "These little people were extremely 
hospitable, friendly, and open to the claims of Christ. 
They do speak some Sango, but for the most part, we 
had to use an interpreter. 

"We saw tremendous needs in both the physical and 
spiritual realms. The use of medicine to care for the peo- 
ple would be a definite way to show compassion and 
gain a hearing for the Gospel." 


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pastors, mission- 
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workers have given 
of their lives and 
careers for Jesus 
Christ through 
Grace Brethren 

ministries. Thousands have come to know Jesus 

Christ as fruits of their labor. 

n June, 1987 the FGBC retirement fund annuity ac- 
:ount runs out of money. Many faithful workers who 


have served the Lord through Grace Brethren 
ministries all over the world depend on this retire- 
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fund during the months of May, June and July. Please 
care enough to become a part. Use your regular 
church envelope or the special Our Promise of 
Honor' envelope. Be sure it is marked "Grace 
Brethren Retirement Fund". . . and thank you for 
your important part in this noble effort. 

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The Best-Laid Plans 
of Mice and Men 

by Charles W. Turner 

"The Best-Laid Plans of Mice 
and Men." 

This cliche may not be exact 
and its source has escaped me, 
but its reality remains a part of 
my mental processes. The reali- 
ty is that humanity can plan and 
with great care seek to execute 
those plans only to find an 
unknown factor has changed 

I have been struck with this 
thought especially during the 
first six months of this year. Dur- 
ing July, the thoughts of God and 
country come into some relation- 
ship like the passing of planets at 
certain seasons of the year. The 
Iran hearings, the economic 
summit, the talk of star wars, 
and the solo flight of a young 
man, all add up to the reminder 
that indeed the best laid plans of 
government and countries do 
come to naught. 

The spring and summer 
months have been filled with 
spiritual disaster and political in- 
trigue. The fall of religious televi- 
sion personalities has filled the 
media. The distraction from this 
area is broken by the Iran Hear- 
ings and reports of the bugging 
of the new United States Em- 
bassy in Moscow. 

It will take $50,000,000 to get 
out of debt at "Pearly Gate". It 
will cost about 10 times more to 
pay the Washington lawyers than 
it did to create the Iran-Contra 
plan. We have not yet been able 
to figure out how to "debug" the 
Moscow Embassy. Perhaps we 
will tear it down and start all 
over. Next time we hope the 
"debugging" will be for termites! 
They are less expensive to 

abolish and have the Embassy 
back in working order. In the 
meantime, the Embassy officials 
can use an old idea we kids used 
-- get two tin cans and join them 
with a string. At least that 
worked and did not cost 
$25,000,000 to put together. 

I guess you could call this the 
"Summer of Scandal". While we 
are "debugging" the Embassy in 
Russia, the Marines are serving 
as hosts to take the Russians 
through on tours. Some of the 
finance people on Wall Street are 
facing charges as criminals. It 
has been a tough year and we are 
only half-way through. 

Yet, in the midst of all our 
plans going astray, we had a 
refreshing example of human in- 
genuity. A young fellow with a 
few hours of flight training, not 
possessing a multi-billion dollar 
aircraft, flew into the Red Square 
in Moscow and said, "Hi, I'm 
here." He flew past every device 
of security that mankind had 
ever erected and landed right at 
the seat of power. The heads of 
the generals rolled! The whole 
story is really one that delights 
me. Remember "the best-laid 
plans of mice and men"? 

Right now, we are debating the 
security system of tomorrow. The 
cost is incomprehensible to those 
of us who are ordinary wage 
earners. The ability to create 
planes that cannot be seen by 
radar - write in billions. The 
system to knock down flying 
missiles - write in billions. The 
cost is high and the systems 
filled with flaws, but the cheap 
little Cessna plane reminds us of 
the futility of our best laid plans. 

The type of security that is 
needed in this century and every 
century is not the one built 
around horses and chariots and 
power, but a trust in the Lord. 
David in the Psalms reminded us 
of the uselessness of misplaced 
trust in the human devices of 
protection. Times have not 
changed - the great crying need 
of our time is not politics and 
politicians, but the living God. 
The security we need is not to 
cover the sky with electronic 
playthings, but rather to return 
to value, virtue, and basic 
Biblical principles and truth. 

The facade of our folly is 
crumbling. The tinsel of 
showtime religions; the folly of 
the overpaid, over-honored 
athletes to win at any price; the 
educational system that told us 
to express ourselves and forget 
the absolutes; all give us a pic- 
ture that is not pretty. We are 
currently reaping the rewards of 
these hollow endeavors. It is 
becoming a "Summer of Scan- 
dal" and we are approaching the 
Fall of judgment, ffl 

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SRALD/ July 15, 1987 


America the Beautiful 

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, 

for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! 
America! America! God shed His grace on thee, 

and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! 
O beautiful for pilgrim feet, whose stern, impassioned stress 

A thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness 
America! America! God mend thine every flaw 

Confirm thy soul in self control. Thy liberty in law! 
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife. 

Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than 
America! America! May God thy gold refine 

Till all success be nobleness and every gain divine! 
O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years 

Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! God shed his grace on thee. 

And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea! 

Katherine L. Bates 

Our Responsibility 

"Everyone must submit himself to the govern- 
ing authorities, for there is not authority except 
that which God has established. The authorities 
that exist have been established by God. Conse- 
quently, he who rebels against the authority is 
rebelling against what God has instituted, and 
those who do so will bring judgment on 
themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who 
do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want 
to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then 
do what is right and he will commend you. For he 
is God's servant to do you good. But if you do 
wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword 
for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath 
to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, 
it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not on- 
ly because of possible punishment but also 
because of conscience. 

This is also why you pay taxes, for the 
authorities are God's servants, who give their full 
time to governing. Give everyone what you owe 
him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then 
revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then 

Romans 13:1-7 (NIV) 

Our Thankfulness 

"Don't be deceived, my dear brother. Every good 
and perfect gift is from above, coming down from 
the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not 
change like shifting shadows. He chose to give 
birth through the word of truth, that we might be 
a kind of firstfruits of all he created." 

James 1:17 (NIV) 

Our Challenge 

"If my people who are called by my name, shall 
humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, 
and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear 
from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will 
heal their land." 

II Chronicles 7:14 (KJ) 

Our Future Country 

' 'Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and 
certain of what we do not see. This is what the an- 
cients were commended for." Abel, Enoch, Noah, 
and Abraham were all commended for their faith. 
"All these people were still living by faith when 
they died. They did not receive the things 
promised; they only saw them and welcomed them 
from a distance. And they admitted that they were 
aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such 
things show that they are looking for a country of 
their own. If they had been thinking of the coun- 
try they left, they would have had opportunity to 
return. Instead, they were longing for a better 
country - a heavenly one. Therefore God is not 
ashamed to be called their God, for he has 
prepared a city for them." 

Hebrews 11:1-2, 13-16 (NIV) 

Our Prayer 

O Lord, we thank you for letting us live in a free 
country, a beautiful country. We praise you for 
our purple mountains and green fields and swift 
rivers. We are thankful for the freedom we have 
to worship you without restrictions. Lord, we 
thank you for giving us the faith to be certain of 
what we do not see. We are eagerly anticipating 
joining you in our heavenly home. Lord, we know 
as many blessings as we have in our land, that 
it is not a perfect country. We ask you for the 
courage to humble ourselves, seek your face and 
turn from our wicked ways so you can heal our 
land. Give us the courage to stand up for your 
principles and to present our lives as living 
sacrifices to your glory. 

In Jesus name we pray. Amen 


God shed His 

grace on thee. 

ERALD/ July 15, 1987 


Grace Seminary Establishes 
West Coast Campus 

Winona Lake, Indiana - Dr. John 
J. Davis, president of Grace 
Theological Seminary, has 
announced the establishment of 
Grace Theological Seminary -- West 
Campus in Long Beach, California. 
The degree programs at the Long 
Beach campus were recently 
approved by the North Central 
Association of Colleges and Schools. 

The establishment of the new cam- 
pus, he said, is the result of 
continuing growth in the Christian 
community on the West Coast and 
the consequent growing need for in- 
stitutions providing theological and 
pastoral training in that region. 

"In addition," Dr. Davis pointed out, 
"There is great interest for continuing 
education opportunities for pastors 
and others already involved in Chris- 
tian ministry who are living in the 

Grace Theological Seminary is a 
graduate school of theology affiliated 
with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, a group of conservative, 
evangelical churches. 

The seminary was established 50 
years ago in order to educate people 
for leadership positions in ministries 
of Grace Brethren and other 
evangelical churches. The seminary 
is known for excellence in preparing 
men and women for various U.S. and 
overseas ministries. 

Initially, Grace will offer 3 programs 
of graduate seminary study at the 
West Campus. They are the Master 
of Divinity degree, the Certificate in 
Biblical Studies, and Diploma of 

The Master of Divinity (M. Div.) 
degree program consists of a course 
of study providing a broad foundation 
for people who plan to enter pastor- 
ates, Christian education ministries, or 
missionary services. To earn the 
degree, students must complete 98 
semester hours of graduate study. 
Full-time students may earn the 
M.Div. degree in six semesters. 

Dr. James Battenfield, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, at Grace Theological 
Seminary — West Campus. 

The Certificate in Biblical Studies 
program is designed for students not 
academically prepared for extended 
theological or seminary study or 
whose personal circumstances make 
such long-term study inadvisable. 

The certificate program is ideal for 
students who are planning to become 
missionaries and who need further 
training in order to meet the minimum 
biblical education requirements of 
many missions agencies. The full- 
time student may complete the 
30-hour certificate program in two 

Dr. Davis noted that it is especially 
appropriate the West Campus is be- 
ing established in Long Beach during 
the 50th anniversary of the seminary. 

"Long Beach is one of the locations 
that the founders of the seminary con- 
sidered for the institution back in 
1937," Dr. Davis explained. "There 
were strong ties between many of the 
churches in Southern California and 
the movement that led to the 
establishment of Grace." 

In addition, ne said, Dr. Alva J. 
McClain, first president of the 
seminary, had previously served at 
the Grace Brethren Church in Long 
Beach. "But the seminary education 

needs of the time dictated a more 
central location for the new seminary, 
and a Midwest location was chosen." 
The seminary was established in 
Akron, Ohio, in 1937 and was moved 
to Winona Lake, IN, two years later. 

Since that era, Grace has grown in- 
to two educational institutions - the 
original seminary and a four-year 
Christian liberal arts college. 

During its first half-century, Grace 
Theological Seminary has earned a 
reputation for excellence in theologi- 
cal and ministry training. Its Master of 
Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doc- 
tor of Theology programs emphasize 
the preparation of students for ex- 
pository preaching and teaching. Ad- 
ditionally, Grace offers M.A. degrees 
in Biblical Counseling, Christian 
School Administration, and Missions. 

While the institution is affiliated with 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, the student body at the 
seminary's main campus represents 
many denominations. About a fifth are 
Grace Brethren, and a third are Bap- 
tist. Students from independent 
churches and other denominations 
make up the rest of the student body. 

The West Campus is located at 
3625 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach. 

HERALD/ July 15, 191 


First Fruits 
in the Philippines 

by Clay Hulett 


How do we find disciples in the Philippines? One 
day while in the office of a Christian organization, 
I mentioned to the secretary that we were just 
starting a ministry in Calumpang, Marikina, in 
Metro Manila. She led me to a filing cabinet that was 
stuffed full of decision cards. "The cards," she told 
me, "were from Gospel presentations of basketball 
players who had shared their faith." Since she 
offered, I decided to look through the cards. Two 
hours later, I found two cards from people living in 

One card was from a 20-year-old man. Since the 
decision card was three years old, that meant the 
man was now around 23 years old. As I approached 
the house, I saw an older woman selling goods in 
her small store (called a "sari-sari"). She turned out 
to be Nilo's mother and she told me Nilo was 

I introduced myself to Nilo and explained how I 
got his name. I asked him if he remembered the 
Christian basketball game three years ago. He did, 
but only vaguely. I explained to Nilo what I was do- 
ing in Calumpang and asked if he was interested in 
studying the Bible. He stated he was interested, so 
we set up a time to meet once a week. 

I was able to share the Gospel and we completed 
a 5-week study on salvation by faith. He prayed to 
receive Christ and has grown in his faith. He 
attended discipleship camp last December, then 
joined a discipleship group in February. He is now 
attending our GBC church and is in charge of 
greeting visitors each Sunday. 

I continued to walk around Calumpang, meeting 
people and making friends (I love being a mis- 
sionary). One day I passed a very small house. A 
young man in his 20's was selling candy, cigarettes, 
and juice to passers-by. His "store" was no bigger 
than a chest of drawers. His name was Rey and I ex- 
plained to him that I was learning Tagalog, the 
Filipino language which is spoken in Manila. I asked 
if he could help me with some words. He agreed, and 
after an hour, we were laughing and telling jokes. 
He seemed happy when I asked him if I could return 
and practice some more Tagalog. 

Three days later, I went back with a list of new 
words. Rey asked if I was a missionary. No sooner 
had I responded "yes" than Rey bombarded me with 
questions about the Bible and religion. It is amazing 
how ignorant people are about what "Protestants" 
believe and about what the Bible teaches. It was a 
joy to share the Gospel and see both Rey and his 
wife. Alma, pray to receive Christ. 

Rey has a real thirst for God's Word. He bought 
a notebook and started having quiet times before I 
taught him about it. He was very anxious to have 
his friends and family born again, too. He has 
witnessed to many of them already. He, too, is in my 
discipleship group. He and his wife bring our snack 
to church every Sunday. You may be used to coffee 
and donuts, but here in the Philippines, it is juice 
and sweet bread. 

Eddie is one of Rey's friends. Rey brought Eddie 
to our very first Sunday church service. Eddie is "Mr. 
Faithful", attending church every Sunday. One day 
Rey and I went to his house to share the Gospel and 
make sure of his decision to receive Christ. Eddie 
said, "I asked Christ into my heart just after 
attending that first church service." 

Eddie is a shoemaker at his parent's shop, which 
is on the bottom floor of their two-story house. He 
makes deliveries as well as buys materials. Eddie 
likes to memorize Scripture in our discipleship 
group. He does the "deaconing" at our church and 
leads prayer. 

How do we find disciples? Sometimes it starts with 
a decision card; sometimes through an introduction; 
sometimes through a survey. But sometimes it just 
starts by saying, "Hi!". 

Clay Hulett and his wife, Kim. wen? the first GBFM 
missionaries to the Philippines. They have a son. 
Raymond, and are from the Long Beach Gmce 
Brethren Church. 

RALD/ July 15, 1987 


Morris Update 

Patty Morris, missionary to France, recently 
announced plans to stay in the United States for an ex- 
tra year in order to continue as Administrative Secretary 
for GBFM's Executive Director. 

Left to right: Betsy and Patty Morris 

Betsy, who is one of Patty's triplet sisters and a mis- 
sionary assigned to England, will go to France in her 

Betsy was refused residency in England in March 
because of improper entry papers and her efforts to gain 
residency status in England have been unsuccessful. 
Since the door has not opened for her to return to 
England at this time, Betsy has agreed to go to France 
for one year during Patty's absence. 

Steele Son Falls 
From Second Story Window 

Derek Steele, 3-year-old son of England missionaries 
Phil and Elinor Steele, was playing on top of a bunk 
bed in his second story bedroom in Solihull when he 
fell through the window and landed headfirst on the ce- 
ment patio below. 

After examining him in the emergency room at the 
hospital immediately afterward, doctors said he had no 
broken bones, internal injuries, or brain damage. 

They are calling him "the miracle baby." Praise God 
for watching over him at this time. 

Across the Atlantic 
with Grace 

Twenty-two students recently completed courses en- 
titled "Missionary Principles and Practices" and 
"Radical World Theologies" for the Masters Program 
in Missions held at the Chateau of St. Albain in France 
April 27 - May 8. Dr. Wayne Beaver, Professor of Mis- 
sions at Grace Theological Seminary, taught the 2-week 




Dr. Elizabeth Schmid, the first foreign missionary to 
be sent out under the European branch of Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions and member of the Stuttgart 
Grace Brethren Church, plans to leave for the Central 
African Republic to begin her work in September. She 
recently completed deputation in our French Grace 
Brethren churches and church planting points. She also 
plans to visit our churches in England and Spain in the 
next few months. 

Partners in Publications 

Wescola, a group of volunteers interested in 
supplying literature for Africa, has produced 23,275 
publications in the last two years which were made 
available to the Africa field for the cost of transportation. 
These contributors have stretched the literature monies 
and made possible the printing of many additional 
brochures and booklets at a press in Bangui. 


HERALD/ July 15, 19 


Garber to be Missionary 
in Residence at Grace College 

Martin and Beverley Garber, 35 year missionaries to 
the Central African Republic will be Grace College's mis- 
sionaries in residence for the 1987-88 academic year. 

Martin served as a missionary pastor in the CAR and 
traveled regularly to many outposts and villages in the 
districts. Besides being an effective preacher of the Word, 
he is also gifted musically, and his mechanical ability and 
experience have been of great value, especially in the 
maintenance of automotive equipment on the field. 

Both Martin and Beverley are natives of California. 
Before their marriage, Martin served in the U.S. Army and 
Beverley attended the Puget Sound School of Evangelism 
in Tacoma, Washington. After they were married, Martin 
studied at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, 
and at Grace Theological Seminary. He served as youth 
director and music director in several churches during his 
student years. 

The Garbers have three children: Joyce, John, and 

Reopening with Numbers 

After a forced closure by the Central African govern- 
ment nine months ago following the murder of its pastor, 
the Galagbadja III Grace Brethren Church in Bangui, 
reopened recently with 2,000 people present. 


Earl and Lita Futch, Field Superintendent and 8-year 
missionaries to Argentina, submitted their resignation 
to Grace Brethren Foreign Missions recently in order 
to accept the pastorate of the Orlando Grace Brethren 

Says Earl, "I have been increasingly burdened by the 
needs of the churches in the United States and believe 
that at this point in my life I can be more effective in 
impacting our churches for the cause of missions here 
in the States." 

Brazil Missionary Conference 




Six students graduated from Brethren Biblical Seminary 
on June 2 in Bata, Central African Republic. They will be 
returning to their churches in Cameroon, Chad and the 
CAR after a 5-year absence. 

Three students also received their dental diplomas on 
April 8 in Boguila, Central African Republic. They have 
been placed in dispensaries in Yaloke, Bata and Boguila 
and will be responsible for the dental work there. 

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"You can all do something for missions, pay or 
pray or go and some of you can do all three," said 
Tom Julien, Executive Director of GBFM, in his 
challenge to those who attended the first Missionary 
Conference of the Grace Brethren congregations of the 
greater Belem, Brazil area, May 1-3. 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions, HCJB, Child 
Evangelism, Teen Mission, Inc., and Wycliffe were all 
included in the "Proclaim the Gospel Before He Returns" 

RALD/ July 15, 1987 



"Mom St, Dad, 

Vm Pregnant 


Tom and Ann never expected to hear those 
words from their teenage daughter -- but they 
did. In this interview with Kurt De Haan they 
tell their story in the hope that what they 
learned will help many others. 

Tom and Ann* brought their children up in a 
home where Christ was exalted. Tom remembers 
praying for the purity of his children and their 
future mates. Ann enjoyed a close relationship 
with Linda and talked openly with her about sex, 
God's standards, and the tragic mistakes of other 

Linda didn't start dating until she was 16. and 
then she was to double-date except for rare occa- 
sions. One boy she dated. Ron. came from a Chris- 
tian home and also went to the Christian high 
school Linda attended. They dated so few times 
that Tom said he didn't even realize they were "go- 
ing together." There were no warning signs to alert 
Tom and Ann to what was about to happen one 
Saturday after Ron walked in the door and came 
with Linda into the living room. 

Ibm: I was busy reading the newspaper. Linda said 
she wanted to talk and I said. "Okay." 
Ann: We all sat down. Then she made the state- 
ment, "Mom and Dad, I'm pregnant." 
Tom: My head went down. I couldn't look at them. 
I just sat there in disbelief and shock. 
Ann: I asked her how she knew. Then I asked Tom, 
"Can you pray?" And he was able to pray. It was 
just a short prayer. I think this whole thing lasted 
only 3 or 4 minutes. 
Tom: I thought it was an hour. 
Ann: And then they got up and left to tell Ron's 
folks. This happened 2 years go. Both Linda and 
Ron were 16 years old. 

What kind of thoughts were going through 
your minds when Linda first told you? 

Ann: We felt at that stage that Linda had ruined 

• All names have been changed. 

her life. We had never seen a girl go through this 
successfully. We were unglued and I said, "Tom we 
have to talk to somebody." 

Tom: So we called our pastor and he said we could 
come right over. 

Ann: He said. "I am going to ask two people to pray 
for you. I'm going to seek counsel and I want you 
to do the same." He encouraged us to take a day at 
a time. He didn't try to give us any quick solutions. 
Tom: He wanted us to put into practice the Scrip- 
ture, "... in the multitude of counselors there is safe- 
ty" (Proverbs 11:14). And God is actually involved 
in fulfilling that Scripture. So our pastor went to seek 
counsel from some of those he highly respected. 
And likewise, we went out to some of our highly 
respected friends - three different couples. 
Ann: Our pastor told us 2 days later that the peo- 
ple he contacted gave basically the same advice. 
Tom: What we heard from the people we talked 
with agreed with his counsel. 

What did Ron's parents have to say? 

Ann: Initially, their idea was to allow Ron and 
Linda to get married. But when we had talked to 
our pastor, he said that pregnancy is not grounds 
for marriage. Later, when we talked with Ron's 
parents and presented our findings, they were 

What specific counsel did you receive? 

Ann: One of the suggestions was a year of separa- 
tion between Ron and Linda. 
Tom: That way they wouldn't be dependent upon 
one another with their emotions controlling them. 
But rather, we could redirect their focus and 
dependence on the Lord so that they could be 
spiritually restored. We didn't want them "just to 
get through this" but to make corrections in their 
lives so that one day they could each have a better 
chance at a successful marriage that would be 
pleasing to God. 


HERALD/ July 15, 19: 


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How did Linda and Ron respond when you 
told them of the counsel you received? 

Tom: About 3 weeks after they first told us of the 
situation, we sat down with them and relayed what 
we had found. I said to them. "I thought 3 weeks 
ago that you had destroyed your lives, but I know 
God is good and forgiving. If we repent, obey, and 
turn our faces back to Him. He will take the broken 
pieces and make something beautiful. This next 
year could be a good year or it could be a terrible 
year. It is in your hands and the decision you 
make."' They were willing to cooperate. 
Ann: Before meeting with both of them, we had 
talked alone with Linda about the possibility of 
adoption. She saw the wisdom of it and chose an 
adoption agency where the baby would be with the 
new Christian parents within days. The agency 
was in another state. 

How did Linda handle the time away from 

Ann: It was difficult for her. She was homesick. 
She lived with another family for the last 3 months 
of the pregnancy. Many phone calls and letters 
were exchanged. "Care packages" were sent 
regularly. I went to be with her during the final 2 

When she came back home, how did 
Linda's friends respond to her? 

Ann: Two girls remained friendly during the 
pregnancy but dropped from the scene when she 
came home. They remained polite. She's gone 
through something they can't understand. 

How have other parents responded to you? 

Ann: We know that some agreed. But when I 
look at other people and wonder if they know or 
wonder if they agree with us. I say. "Lord, it doesn't 
matter. We tried to do things Your way." 

Linda must have experienced a great 
amount of guilt. Does she now feel pure 
yAnn: She even thinks she can wear white to her 
wedding. There was a missionary who came to our 
house and we shared everything with her. She 
replied. "You know God has completely forgiven 

How have you and Linda now been able to 
minister to others in similar situations? 

Ann: Linda and I are working at a center for crisis 
pregnancies. Linda is the one who pushed me. She 
said. "Mom. I've gone through this and I know 
what it feels like." We know what a crisis 
pregnancy is. It was God's grace that brought us 
through this, and we have much to share. 

What advice would you have for parents? 

Tom: Pray more for your kids. 
Ann: That's what I think I didn't do enough. We 
didn't know she had the problems that she did. It 
sounds strange be we can say "thank you" for the 
pregnancy because God could have allowed her to 
continue to play around with sin. He didn't. And 
we're truly thankful even though it has been hard. 

One final thought. Why do you think so 
many Christian teenagers are playing with 
premarital sex? 

Ann: They can develop very easily a lukewarm- 
ness. saying. "Yeah, I'm a Christian." but really 
walking too close to the fire. Half of these kids don't 
know how close to the fire they're walking. If they 
are so busy defending themselves saying "I can 
handle this" or "what's wrong with that?" they 
don't see God's red flags that are waving. Linda 
never saw the red flags. 

From Discovery Digest. By permission of Radio Bible Class. 

RALD/ July 15, 1987 



Idea File 

Special Outings 
this Summer 

During the summer months 
when attendance tends to run low, 
why not plan a special outing for 
your WMC circle? An evening 
cookout at a member's home or at 
a park is a fun way to begin the 
meeting. Even getting together on 
a Saturday at a park is a different 
way to have the meeting -- have 
SMM girls take care of the 
children, if necessary. A meeting 
to which the entire family is in- 
vited can be fun and informative. 
Be creative! 

Start Planning 
Now for Fall 

Start planning now for your first 
fall meeting. Make it a special one 
to kick off the new WMC year. 
Keep business matters to a 
minimum so new attenders and 
visitors will want to return. 

The key to having a good WMC 
meeting is planning and compact- 
ness. If the meetings stretch into 
several hours, better planning is 
needed. Don't try to do too many 
things at one meeting. Spread out 
your good ideas over several 
meetings. Make sure the Bible 
study leader and missions leader 
know their time limits. It seems 
the part of a long meeting that 
gets cut is prayer time. Don't cheat 
yourself, the missionaries, and 
God out of this important time. 
Carefully plan how long each part 
of the meeting will take and stick 
to the time schedule. The meeting 
will go smoothly and will end on 

Before the new WMC year 
begins in September, have a plan- 
ning workshop or retreat for the 
officers. It's a good time for the 
leaders to get to know one another 
and spend time in prayer besides 
planning the year's meetings. 

Form A Network 

The district WMC could form a network of information sources for 
local WMCs. This may sound difficult, but actually it isn't. Every 
district has women who are very proficient in various areas - for ex- 
ample: planning a retreat, organizing a banquet, giving the Bible or 
missions study, setting up a day of prayer, organizing a phone request 
line, cooking for large groups, working with SMM, leading discussions, 
encouraging women, etc. The list goes on and on. Not every church 
has all these women, however. In networking, these women are iden- 
tified, contacted, and asked if they would serve as consultants. A list 
is compiled and given to each local WMC. The consultants can be con- 
tacted for help and advice in their special areas. Or perhaps the con- 
sultants could lead a mini-workshop at a district rally. This works very 
well. Remember: the consultant is not available to do the actual work. 
She is a consultant - one who can give advice and information on 
how to make it work. With experienced consultants available, many 
new women would be willing to take and learn new tasks and 

Plan to attend the 
1987 Conference 

of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches! 

August 1-7 
Winona Lake, IN 

National WMC will meet 
daily. An excellent program has 
been planned by the North- 
eastern Ohio District WMC. 
Missionaries will be presenting 
the needs of many fields. 

Don't miss this time of 
fellowship, learning, and 
business at the National WMC 


WMC Operation and 
Publication Expenses: 

Goal: $8,000. 

Due Date: 

Send before Sept. 10, 1987 

This offering is what keeps 
National WMC running. All the 
expenses for mailing, literature, 
publications, and national of- 
ficers' travel are paid for from 
this offering. We've been trying 
hard to keep expenses down 
and keep WMC in the black. 
Won't you please help us, too? 


HERALD/ July 15, 19 

A Tool 




A Worker Needs the Right Tools 
lb Accomplish the Task. 

This is true in the work of the ministry as well. One of the tools of your pastor 
is his books. A good library is a ready reference area for study and sermon 
building. Most churches do not have an allowance for this important area for 
the pastor. 

We are beginning a program to help make this possible. We call it, "Hand 
A Tool to Your Pastor." Perhaps you as an individual or your Sunday School 
Class would like to help. Possibly you have wanted to say "Thanks" to your pastor 
for something that he has done for you or your family but you do not know what 
his specific needs are in the line of books. 

THE SOLUTION: This new Herald Bookstore Program permits you to send 
a gift in any amount. Make your check payable to the Herald Bookstore and a 
card will be sent in your name (or without, according to your wishes) notifying 
your pastor of the gift. Then he can purchase the books that meet his specific 
needs. The plan is simple and easy. 


Herald Bookstore 

Box 544 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 


iRALD/ July 15, 1987 




at Grace 
Theological Seminary 

by Dr. John C Whitcomb 

(Editor's note: Dr. Whitcomb, who has taught at Grace Theological 
Seminary for 36 years, shares some his reflections on the seminary's 
first half century.) 

The 1930s saw the establishment of Grace 
Theological Seminary through the God-given 
theological insights and courageous efforts of Alva 
J. McClain and a team of other dedicated 

By the end of that decade, the enormous 
theological struggles at Ashland College and 
Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, had resulted in the 
birth of a very healthy theological seminary in a 
church in Akron, Ohio. Two years later, in 1939, 
Grace Seminary's leaders agreed to move the 
school to Winona Lake, Indiana. It was a decision 
which proved to be wise and appropriate in the 
good providence of God. 

By now, the theological identity of Grace 
Seminary was becoming widely recognized and 
appreciated by many of God's people. Solidly- 
based Brethren distinctives, such as self-governing 
local churches (as opposed to the spiritually 
disastrous state-church systems of Europe); 
believer's baptism by triune immersion (also 
anathema in the state churches); the threefold 
communion service; and, above all, the supremacy 
of "the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the 
Bible" (as opposed to mere creedalism), had been 
perpetuated for over 200 years and were now be- 
ing set forth in clearer statements. 

But the McClain era was also characterized by 

other healthy trends, namely, an incorporation of 
the best of early twentieth century fundamen- 
talism into the pattern of teaching for which Grace 
Seminary is now known throughout the Christian 

(1) Holding high the unmerited grace of God in 
every aspect of our salvation together with a rejec- 
tion of Arminian positions. 

(2) A strong commitment to the absolute iner- 
rancy of the original text of Scripture, with the 
logical corollary of an emphasis on exegetical 
(rather than historical, philosophical or creedal) 
theology. An expanded position statement on 
"Biblical Inerrancy" was adopted by the Seminary 
faculty in 1979 and is available in a separate 
printed folder from the seminary. 

(3) A renewed focus on our Lord's Great Commis- 
sion in Matthew 28 along with a definite turn away 
from the social gospel and from other neo- 
evangelical and ecumenical emphases. Dr. 
McClain clearly enunciated the Seminary's posi- 
tion on these issues in his article, "Is Theology 
Changing in the Conservative Camp?" (The 
Brethren Missionary Herald, Feb 23, 1957). 

(4) A strong stand against the charismatic move- 
ment with its dangerous subjectivism, self-and- 
experience-centeredness, and its disastrous 


HERALD/ July 15, 196 


divisiveness (resulting, for example, in the loss of 
nearly half of our churches in Argentina). A folder 
has been printed which contains the 1976 position 
statement of the Seminary faculty on "The 
Charismatic Movement." 

(5) A commitment to 24-hour creation days in 
Genesis 1 and a rejection of the theory of evolu- 
tion. In 1979 the Seminary faculty adopted a posi- 
tion statement on "Biblical Creationism" (available 
in a printed folder). 

(6) An acceptance of God's covenant promises 
to the nation of Israel and thus a recognition of 
distinctions (as well as similarities) between Israel 
and the Church in history and eschatology. Dr. 
McClain's widely-acclaimed volume, The 
Greatness of the Kingdom, has provided a signifi- 
cant frame of reference for our senior theology 
courses on The Kingdom and the Church and 
Biblical Eschatology. 

(7) An emphasis on the global dimensions of the 
Great Commission of Christ in terms of home and 
foreign missions. 

During my first two years as a teacher at Grace 
Seminary (1951-53), I began to sense, through the 
help of others, the need for a stronger commitment 
to the self-authenticating nature of Scripture. I saw 
that the Holy Spirit of God, who wrote the Bible 
through about forty writers, is quite capable of 
making His Word understandable and 
authoritative to men's hearts and minds today. 

God and His written Word are infinitely rational, 
but cannot be rationalistically demonstrated or 
confirmed to finite and sinful human hearts, on 
their terms. Thus, in God's providence, presup- 
positionalism, not rationalism or semi-rationalism, 
has become a distinctive of our department of 
Christian theology. 

In more recent years, the Seminary faculty has 
devoted much attention to the Christian character 
and spiritual maturity of its faculty, staff and 
students. Apart from this priority of Christian vir- 
tues, under the Holy Spirit of God, theological and 
doctrinal commitments, however important in 
themselves, will soon lose their effectiveness and 

As the reputation of Grace Seminary spreads to 
the ends of the earth, through the providential 
direction of the God who established it in His 
sovereign purposes fifty years ago, there has been 
an increasing demand for extension programs to 
be established in southern California and overseas. 

It has been a special personal blessing from the 
Lord to be invited to have a small part in the form- 
ing of a seminary in the Central African Republic 
(1980) and a deep involvement in the launching 
of our extension program in France (1985). Plans 
are beginning to develop; for a "Grace Seminary" 
in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon and sugges- 
tions have been made for extensions in Buenos 

Aires, Mexico City, and the Far East before the end 
of this century. 

With over two thousand alumni serving our Lord 
around the world, only our weak faith can limit the 
power of God in making known the precious truths 
He has entrusted to us at Grace Seminary and to 
our supporting and controlling fellowship of 

May we trust Him as never before to enable us 
to do what He wants us to do until He calls us to 
Himself. "All authority has been given to Me in 
heaven and on earth . . . and lo. I am with you 
always, even to the end of the age" 
(Matt. 28:18.20). ■ 

Grace Schools 
Living Memorials 

Given by: 

Palm Harbor GBC 

S.E. Dist. Ministerium 

GBC of Ft. Lauderdale 

Mrs. Agnes Braeker 

Miles Cason 

Mr. & Mrs. John Burns 

Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Miss Laura Hall 

Rev. & Mrs. Homer Miller 

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Ringler 

Rev. William Schaffer 

In Memory of: 

Ralph Coleman 
Georgenia Rager 
Charles Croker 
Gordon Braeker 
Edna Cason 
Max Brenneman 
Essie Miller 
Lawrence Wells 
Polly Cook 
Max Brenneman 
Max Brenneman 


Grace Fairlane Mobile Home Park and Camp- 
ground is located 1 /4 mile east of Grace College, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

The campground is equipped with a showerhouse, 
hook-ups and playground. 

For more information or reservations, contact: 

Dalton Kanode, Park Manager 
R.R. 8, Box 180 
Warsaw, IN 46580 
(219) 269-5980 

SRALD/ July 15, 1987 



"Living in Hell" would best describe my early 
life. At seven, my parents separated and later 
divorced. From that time on, I began to experience 
the emotional hostilities that came from the con- 
flict between my parents. 

Survival became a way of life for me. Because 
of physical and mental tormenting by my parents, 
along with my own rebellious actions, I sought 
refuge wherever I could find it. Sometimes I slept 
in the park; at other times different neighbors 
would take me in for the night. I did not know what 
the meaning of love was. Often I got mixed up with 
the wrong crowd because I wanted to feel accepted 
by others. 

As the pressures of life came down on me, I con- 
templated suicide. Several times I held a gun to my 
head or a knife to my stomach, but I just couldn't 
kill myself. Sports became my life. It was the only 
thing that I wanted to live for. 

During my childhood days, I was wild! Fighting, 
destruction, and terrorizing people were all I cared 
about. As a delinquent kid, I was involved in rob- 
beries, vandalism, and constant trouble at school 
- earning the reputation of being the meanest guy 
in the neighborhood. 

At age 17 I left home. George Davis, my high 
school coach, and his family opened their home 
to me and took me in as part of their family. 

All of this time I lived two lives. It began at the 
age of 8, when I was told by my Sunday School 


Glenn Davis 

As told to Kent Fishel 
Discipleship, Inc. 

Glenn is the All-Star first baseman for the Western 
Division Champion Houston Astros baseball club of the 
National League. 

teacher to go forward and ask the preacher to save 
me. One Sunday morning I followed my friends to 
the front of the church. After this, I didn't think 
about Christ until I was 16. While lying in the 
hospital with a broken arm, afraid that my 
baseball playing was finished, I again reached out 
to Jesus and asked Him to heal me. After this, I 
went my own way without Christ. 

While living with the Davis family, I noticed that 
though they loved Jesus Christ and lived for Him, 
they never forced me to conform. I continued my 
hypocritical ways of talking about being a Chris- 
tian, even though I didn't walk what I was talking. 

In college, I changed my ways. I began to find 
other ways to occupy my time. I started partying, 
continued my drinking, and looked to girls for sex- 
ual satisfaction. After attending one year at junior 
college, with money running out, I signed a con- 
tract with the Houston Astros. 

At the age of twenty, I was living life in the fast 
lane. After signing a good contract, I had a lot of 
money in my pocket. I bought a new sports car, 
lived on a golf course in a luxurious condominium, 
and bought a lot of nice clothes. It seemed like 
everyone wanted to be my friend, but all they 
wanted was a part of my lifestyle. I thought I was 
having a lot of fun, but with all the fun came a lot 
of responsibility. Playing in the minor leagues was 
a new experience. Everyone was fighting for a posi- 
tion; there was always the pressure to produce. 


HERALD/ July 15, 19 


It was easy to join teammates at the bars -- drink- 
ing, carousing, and chasing women became the 
thing to do. 

Eventually I got tired of this wild lifestyle. The 
stress of baseball and the desire to keep up with 
the crowd got so bad that I couldn't sleep at night. 
I searched for peace of mind, love, and joy. I had 
no assurance of tomorrow, and there was no secur- 
ity in life for me. No matter what I tried I couldn't 
find happiness. Life had no meaning for me. My 
search for happiness was like a vapor. It was there 
for a little while, then vanished. I needed 
something solid to replace the emptiness within. 

After my second professional season, my chapel 
leader confronted me with the fact that my so- 
called Christian character wasn't fooling anyone 
- least of all, God. Yes, I was a hypocrite living in 
sin - on my way to Hell! As God's spirit came on 
me, I felt tremendous fear. I knew that if I were to 
die that night I would be held accountable by God 
for my life. Not knowing which way to turn, and 
facing continued torment in my life, I had to make 
a decision. 

At this point, I felt the presence of God and 
began to cry. It seemed like every sin I ever com- 
mitted was going through my mind. There on the 
steps of my home, I cried out to God and asked him 
to save my life. 

I prayed, admitted my need to be forgiven, con- 
fessed my sins, and asked Jesus Christ, the Son 
of God, to take complete control of my life. What 
a change I experienced in my life! It was like a ton 
of bricks had been lifted from my shoulders. I had 
finally found the love and peace of mind I had been 
looking for. Jesus made my life worth living again. 

No, life hasn't always been easy as a Christian. 
Pressures still come. But as I yield to Him in every 
situation, I have learned that I can always count 
on Him to see me through. 

You, too, can experience the joy of knowing 
Christ as your personal Savior and trust in His 
power to see you through the daily struggles of 
your life. 

Please carefully consider the following four 
points from God's Word. 

(1) God loves you and has a wonderful gift for you. 
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He 

gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes 
in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." 
Rom. 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but 
the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our 

(2) You can't get His gift of eternal life on your own. 
Eph. 2:8,9 "For it is by grace you have been 

saved through faith - and this not from 
yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, 
so that no one can boast." 

(3) You need to come into a right relationship with 
God in order to receive this gift of eternal life. 

John 5/24 '7 tell you the truth, whoever hears 
My word and believes Him who sent Me has eter- 
nal life and will not be condemned." 
(4) God sent Jesus Christ to be your way to ex- 
perience forgiveness of sins and eternal life. 

II Cor. 5:21 "God made Him who had no sin to 
be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the 
righteousness of God." 

I Tim. 2:4,5 "For there is one God and one 
mediator between God and men, the man Christ 
Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all 

Pray and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your 
sins, yield every area of your life to Him, and 
receive Him as your Savior and Lord. 

Teresa and I care about you. If you are 
experiencing difficulties in your life and would like 
to receive more information on how Christ can 
make a difference, please write: 

Glenn Davis 

c/o Unlimited Potential, Inc. 

P.O. Box 1355 

Warsaw, IN 46580 

Teresa and Glenn Davis 

Postscript: On January 1, 1987, Teresa Davis 
gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Sharayah 
Rochelle Davis. 

Unlimited Potential, Inc. was established by Tom Roy as an 
evangelistic Christian organization which exists for the sole 
purpose of glorifying Jesus Christ. Its motto "Serving Christ 
through Baseball" well summarizes the special ministry of 
UPI. The primary platform for its evangelistic outreach to youth 
and adults has been evangelistic baseball clinics in profes- 
sional baseball cities. At such clinics baseball coaches and 
pro baseball players put on a quality baseball clinic teaching 
the techniques and fundamentals of various aspects of the 
game. Following such clinical teaching pro ball players share 
their testimonies about how they became believers in Jesus 
Christ, and an invitation is given to those in attendance to 
accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. 

RALD/ July 15, 1987 


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Christians will grow more like Christ every day as they study these 
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• What is a Christian? 

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• You and the Holy Spirit 

• You and Your Bible 

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• You and Your Money 

• Scripture Promises for Spiritual Problems 

There are 13 chapters tailored to the teaching quarter. Each chapter 
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Leader's Guides are available, and will help the group leader gear 
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The book is priced at $3.95 each. (Individual orders are accepted 
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"They have served us well 

—they deserve our honor! 7 

ur faithful 
Grace Brethren 
pastors, mission- 
aries and christian 
workers have given 
of their lives and 
careers for Jesus 
Christ through 
Grace Brethren 

ministries. Thousands have come to know Jesus 

Christ as fruits of their labor. 

In June, 1987 the FGBC retirement fund annuity ac- 
count runs out of money. Many faithful workers who 

Of Honor 

have served the Lord through Grace Brethren 
ministries all over the world depend on this retire- 
ment income. 

We need your help. 

In order to fulfill our corporate responsibility for these 
faithful laborers, we are asking our Grace Brethren 
family to become a part of this opportunity. Grace 
Brethren churches across America will be presenting 
a brief slide presentation concerning the retirement 
fund during the months of May, June and July. Please 
care enough to become a part. Use your regular 
church envelope or the special "Our Promise of 
Honor" envelope. Be sure it is marked "Grace 
Brethren Retirement Fund ". . . and thank you for 
your important part in this noble effort. 

Tbe Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches 
Tflt Box 587 
Winona Lake, in 46590 




Are We Pushing Our Children 

Too Hard? 

by Raeann Hart 

Are the conflicts of the 80's and the desires of 
parents to create "Superkids" placing excessive 
stress upon this generation of young people? 

Is childhood disappearing? Are we forcing our 
children to grow up too fast? Are we giving our 
families time to grow as God intended? 

Children today must cope with broken homes, 
child abuse, violence on television, a sexual culture, 
availability of drugs even on some grade-school 
playgrounds, and the decline of the traditional fami- 
ly as standard. Note some of these statistics. 60 per- 
cent of today's 2-year-olds will have lived in a single- 
parent household by the time they are 18. Half of 
the children age 13 and under live with parents who 
both work. The suicide rate for youths under 15 has 
tripled since 1960. One child in 6 has tried mari- 
juana and 1 in 3 alcohol before ninth grade. The 
share of girls under 15 who have had sex has tripled 
in two decades. These alarming statistics point to 
greater stress for today's youngsters. 

According to a recent survey by Louis Harris & 
Associates, 3 out of 4 adults interviewed said they 
believed that today's children are facing problems 
more severe than those they faced when they were 
children. David Elkind, child psychologist and 
author of The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast 
Too Soon, says "There is a growing awareness and 
growing incidence of psychological stress on 
children." Nicholas Zill, executive director of Child 
Trends was quoted in U.S. News & World Report 
as saying that up to 35 percent of American kids 
suffer stress-related health problems at some 
point, from pulling out one's hair to headaches. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 
20 percent of our families with children today are 
composed of a father as breadwinner, mother at 
home and children under 18, as compared with 
41 percent 10 years ago. Possibly the most signifi- 
cant factor which has cut in half the number of 
traditional families is the return of women to the 
work force in record numbers over the past decade. 
Economic considerations have been a dominant 
factor in the increase of two-income families. 

A report by Conference Board, a business- 
research group shows the average cost of raising 

a child born in 1984 to age 18 as $140,927, triple 
the cost of raising a child born in 1954. The cost 
for one year of child rearing consumed 29% of the 
median family's budget in 1984, compared with an 
estimated 11 percent in 1966. There seems to be lit- 
tle doubt that raising children today costs more than 
in the past. In many homes, a working mother is 
not just a luxury, but has become a necessity. 

Judith Wallerstein, executive director of the 
Center for The Family in Transition has looked at 
the impact of divorce on 130 middle-class children. 
She has found that 37 percent of them were more 
emotionally troubled five years after the divorce than 
they were initially. The remarriage of divorced 
parents can add to the amount of stress, dashing the 
child's dream of a reunion of his parents and adding 
extra personalities and often other children to the 
family unit. Children in single parent homes and 
stepfamilies often deal with greater stresses than 
those from traditional families. God's perfect plan 
for a mother and father raising their own children 
is the optimum arrangement. 

Features on the news and in magazines show 
brilliant children who have learned to read at in- 
credibly early ages or are accomplished musicians 
before they have learned to share toys in the sand- 
box. New technology has shown the importance of 
bonding by speaking to children even while they are 
in the womb. Praying for a child in the womb would 
be even more important, concludes this author who 
wonders if playing language records and reading 
Shakespeare isn't going a bit too far. 

There is little doubt that the wealth of materials 
available to parents to make a child's life more ex- 
citing and enjoyable has grown considerably in the 
past decade. Simple crib mobiles have become 
moving, musical masterpieces. Toys for infants 
have become so creative and colorful that even 
adults enjoy playing with their children. In fact, 
new businesses are thriving that "teach" parents 
to play with their children and offer environments 
conducive to play situations. Televisions shows 

;RALD/ July 15, 1987 



encouraging quality play time, such as "Just You 
and Me, Kid" are becoming popular. The populari- 
ty and profitability of 'products and programs 
teaching parents how to play with their children 
may be a positive trend, but it is sad that so many 
parents need to be taught how to spend relaxing, 
playful, non-stressful times with their children. 
Did this come naturally in days gone past? 

Even as many parents are trying to play with 
their children more, the thrust for greater 
knowledge at earlier ages seems to continue. More 
than a third of all kindergarten children go to 
school for a full day, compared to a fifth in 1973. 
Last year, 39 percent of all 3- and 4-year-olds were 
enrolled in preschool compared with 11 percent 
in 1965. Studies do not agree on the effect early 
schooling may have on children. Research by 
James Uphoff, an Ohio education professor and 
June Gilmore, an Ohio psychologist, found that 
children who were enrolled in kindergarten below 
the age of 5 years and 3 months or in first grade 
before 6 years and 3 months did not do as well in 
subsequent schooling as those who began school 
later. "Summer children," those born in the sum- 
mer and younger than their classmates, accounted 
for 75 percent of the academic failures of the 278 
students in the school where Uphoff s study was 
conducted. Is this trend toward earlier formal 
education creating greater stress for our children? 

Though the Bible does not give us a clear direc- 
tion on when to send our children to school away 
from home, it is very clear on how we are to teach 
our children. God told Moses in Deuteronomy 6:5-9, 
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and 
with all your soul and with all your strength. 
These commandments that I give you today are 
to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your 
children. Talk about them when you sit at home 
and when you walk along the road, when you lie 
down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols 
on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 
Write them on the doorframes of your houses and 
on your gates." (NIV) When a mother is teaching 
her toddler to recognize colors, every object that is 
noticed for a few weeks is identified by its color. "The 
grass is green. The apple is red." To really teach a 
child colors, you continually talk about colors until 
that lesson is learned. That bears a similarity to the 
way God has instructed us to teach our children 
God's rules, by living them, talking about them, 
writing them. Learning the wisdom from God helps 
all of us deal with the stresses of the 80s; both adult 
and child. Proverbs encourages us to seek wisdom, 
and states the "Fear of the Lord is the beginning 
of knowledge." Proverbs 1:7. 

It is difficult for conscientious parents to keep a 
healthy balance between giving their children a fine 
education and trying to create a "superkid". There 
is an abundance of good programs available today. 
Music lessons, gymnastics, sports, foreign 

language clubs, scouting, church activities all of- 
fer benefits to our children. Sometimes it is 
necessary to choose not what is good, but what is 
best. We are continually reminded that children 
today are not in the best physical condition they 
could be, because they do not get the exercise they 
should get. Physical activities are good steward- 
ship for children's growing bodies, therefore, en- 
couraging a child to participte in physical activities 
may be very important. Emphasizing winning and 
competing, however, may not always be the wisest. 
A sensible mother of four said, "we let our oldest 
son drop out of soccer, because he couldn't stand 
the competition. His brother, however, thrives on 
the action of the sport." The key is balance. Every 
mother knows that each child is different. Each 
person has a unique, God-given potential and per- 
sonality. The number of activities that an active 
achiever may thrive on may be stressful to another 
child. Having too little to stimulate one's interest 
may actually create stress for some children. 
Deciding which activities to choose and to decline 
takes a great deal of prayer. 

In addition to maintaining a healthy balance of 
activities and tailoring that schedule to the specific 
needs of each child is the importance of the parent's 
attitude. Hectic weeks of dress rehearsals are less 
stressful if parents have supportive, positive at- 
titudes. Sporting events are less stressful if parents 
are encouraging their children and complimenting 
them on their increasing skill and good sportsman- 
ship instead of screaming at them to beat the other 
team at all costs. The parable of the talents also gives 
parents the obligation to encourage their children 
to do the best with the gifts the Lord has given them. 
Good stewardship must begin in childhood or it is 
so much more difficult to learn. 

Though it is important for parents to teach their 
children and to encourage them to be good stewards 
of their talents, we must not lose sight of the fact 
that they are children. When Jesus was asked by 
his disciples, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom 
of heaven?" (Matthew 8:1-5) Jesus called a little 
child and had him stand among them. And he 
said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and 
become like little children, you will never enter the 
kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles 
himself like this little child is the greatest in the 
kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a lit- 
tle child like this in my name welcomes me." 

Our responsibility is to try to become more like 
children. We cannot do this if we are allowing the 
stresses of this age to take childhood away from the 
children of today. We must become more childlike, 
more humble, more trusting. We need to see the 
Lord's creation with the fresh eyes of a child and to 
allow the children to keep their innocence a little 
longer. Let us all try to keep the balance between 
good stewardship of our time and talents and avoid 
the unnecessary stresses of this life. US 


HERALD/ July 15, 198 

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The Navajo Grandma 
With A German Name 

By Pauline Swartzwalder, as told to Mary Thompson 


ention the name "Grandma Swartz- 
walder" around Counselor, New Mexico, and 
grown Navajo men brighten up. Arnold, Eddie, 
Roy, Ruben, and others of Grandma's "boys" begin 
to relate stories of her life in the dorm. 

Those memories go back to the 1960s when 
Pauline Swartzwalder, a short, lively woman from 
Ohio, arrived at Grace Brethren Navajo Mission in 
Counselor, New Mexico to take over the duties of 
dorm mother. 

Mrs. Swartzwalder describes how she assumed 
this unlikely role. 

"Twenty-six years ago, the Lord took my hus- 
band home, then He put it on my heart to go to 
the Navajo Mission. When I learned what I would 
be doing there, I said 'no' to the Lord. But I'm 
thankful God didn't give up on me. I would have 
missed eight-and-a-half years of blessing." 

Mrs. Swartzwalder's only experience with 
children had been with three of her own, by then 
grown, and her six grandchildren, when she 
became "Grandma" to twenty-eight to thirty-two 
boys. But she says, "The Navajo grandma is the 
head of the family and that gave me an advantage 
in discipline." 

Listen to her story of how it was "back then." 

"The people came in to the mission on 
horseback or in wagons. Just one boy's father 
owned a truck. Some parents didn't send their 
children to school until they were eight or nine 
years old, so I had eighth grade boys in the dorm 
who were fifteen and sixteen. 

"Few fathers had work. Most of the children 
came to school without extra clothing, seldom a 
coat. Although the Navajo Tribe furnished clothing 
for each child at the beginning of school, we 
depended on clothing sent by the Brethren 
Churches to fill needs during the year. We were 
always short of something - sheets, towels, soap, 
toothpaste. And there seemed to be mud 
everywhere since we had only one short sidewalk. 

"At that time, we got very little food from the 
government, but Angle Garber, who cooked and 

taught school, always found something to fill the 
children's stomachs. Her stew and warm, fresh- 
baked bread were their favorites. We were very 
thankful for plenty of canned fruit sent by the 
churches of California and Washington. There was 
no fresh milk and very little meat. 

"The first year I was at the Mission, some govern- 
ment men came from Albuquerque and set up an 
office in our recreation room. All the Navajos in our 
area were instructed to come in and register for 
government food. The men were there for a week. 
It was hard for me to get anything done, watching 
those people come in from the field where they had 
left their wagons. The women in all their Navajo 
finery really fascinated me - bright-colored, long, 
full skirts and shawls of many colors. 

"After that, once a month, a huge truck would 
pull into the trading post across the road and the 
Navajos would come in their wagons, sometimes 
with a young colt or a couple of dogs following 
behind, to get their commodities - powdered milk, 
dry beans, flour, corn meal, lard. The sad thing 
was that some of the food never reached the >\ 
hogans. It was taken down the road to the bar and 
traded for wine. 

"My day started at 5:30, waking the big boys 
who would help with breakfast, before I went to ; 
staff prayer meeting. After that, I went downstairs | 
to wake the little boys and get them dressed fori 
breakfast. I'll never forget the year I had six 
kindergartners. One little boy kept going back to 
sleep. I doubt that he was fully awake when he got 
to school. Some of them could never remember 
which foot the shoe went on. 

"After breakfast, the dorms were cleaned and 
beds made. Most of the boys had never slept in ai 
bed before they came to school and, believe me, 
it was something to teach them to make a bed. But j 
they tried so hard to please. 

"The first two years I helped Angie with the noon j 
meal. I usually spent the afternoon going over the 
clothing. There was never an end to the mending ' 
and one year we even had to patch sheets. Then 


HERALD/ July 15, U 


there were letters to write, sometimes to the spon- 
sor of a boy. After supper, I was on yard duty until 

"Wednesdays and Saturdays were shower nights. 
Once a week, the little boys would line up on a long 
bench in front of the lockers and each take his turn 
getting his toenails and fingernails cut. That was 
always a time for giggling. The first year there was 
only one bathroom for twenty-eight boys: one 
shower, one toilet, two washbowls. Bath nights 
were hectic. 

"When the children came back to school in the 
fall, I would have to soak their feet in a tub of water, 
then scrub them with a brush to get the dirt off 
that had been there all summer. Their hands, too. 
I used jars and jars of Vaseline to soften their skin. 
And there was the delousing. 

"After the little boys were settled in bed at night, 
devotions and prayers over, I would go upstairs to 
spend an hour or so with the big boys. It seemed 
that I had to spend so much time with the little 
ones that I never had enough time to give the older 
boys, but they seemed to understand. I often told 
them how much I appreciated their being so good. 

"Not that there were no problems. One Sunday 
afternoon two of the boys skipped out of church, 
took cheese and lunch meat from the dining room 
refrigerator and hid it in their lockers. Three other 
boys came and told me. When I paddled the 
culprits, one of them took off over the mesa and 
ran home, and that was a long way. His father 
brought him back the next morning. That night 
I talked with the big boys and told them I hoped 
that would be the last time I would ever have to 
paddle one of them. I said, 'It's really too much for 
me, but I'll do it if I have to.' I never did. 

One year, nine of the boys had 
mumps. When the boys got well, 
I got the mumps myself. 

"Before Lois Wilson came, we had no nurse. 
[Many times I would be up at night with sick boys. 
il even took little boys upstairs to bed with me just 
jto get some rest. One year, nine of the boys had 
pumps. When the boys got well, I got the mumps 
myself. Of course this was hilarious to them. 

"I must admit that during my first year I said 
jmany times, 'Lord, why did you ever send me out 
(here?' We were short of staff, days were long and 
iwe had very little time off. One night, after a try- 
ing day, I put the little boys to bed, had devotions 
iwith them, listened to their prayers, said good- 
night, and started wearily up the stairs. One little 
voice called out, 'God bless you, Grandma,' then 
pther little voices followed. Suddenly all the 

Angle Garber, left, missionary to the Navajo, on a 
recent visit with. Mrs. Swartzwalder. 

tiredness left me. The cares of the day vanished, 
and in my heart I thanked the Lord that He had 
chosen me to care for those Navajo boys. 

"I told the boys, 'The Lord sent me out here to 
take care of you and I will do it the best that I know 
how. I'll do anything for you that I can, but you will 
have to mind me.' Disciplining that many boys was 
not always easy. One day, after I had paddled a lit- 
tle boy, he looked up at me with tears rolling down 
his cheeks and said, 'I like you, Grandma.' I felt like 
crying myself. I said, 'Well, I like you too, but you 
can't do bad things.' • • 

"The second year at the mission I broke my ankle 
while hiking on the mesa with the boys. Because 
of the nature of the break, I had my foot and leg in 
a cast for eight weeks. When I came home from the 
hospital on crutches, I called the big boys into my 
room and talked to them. I said, 'There is no way 
I can take care of you unless you will promise to be 
good. No fighting. And you'll have to help me and 
take some of the responsibility for the little boys. If 
not, I'll go to the guest house and someone else will 
come in and take care of you.' 

"They said, 'We don't want anybody else taking 
care of us, Grandma. We'll be good and we'll help 
you.' It was amazing what those boys did. They 
had to put my hide-a-bed out for me each night 
and fold it up in the morning. I can still see them 
throwing the covers on. By the time my leg was 
healed, the little boys were getting unruly, but the 
big boys had kept their promise. 

"My first taste of fry bread came one Sunday 
afternoon when a little boy came back from a 
weekend at home. He had a piece of bread tucked 

RALD/ July 15, 1987 



under his dirty little shirt. He handed it to me with 
hands that I doubt had been washed since he left 
on Friday and said, 'Here, Grandma, my mother 
made this just for you.' So I took it and thanked 
him and put it aside. 

"He said, 'Aren't 
you going to eat 
it?' I ate some and 
he asked, 'Do you 
like it?' 

'"Well, the next 
time I'll have my 
mother make you 

"I thought to 
myself, 'Oh, no!' 

"I have memo- 
ries of Friday 
evenings at the lit- 
tle canyon behind 
the trading post, 
toasting marsh- 
mallows over an 
open fire. One 
Saturday we took 
the Carryall van 
and we drove 
down Largo Ca- 
nyon Road with 
our lunch. We 

parked at the foot 

of the mesa and got stuck in the sand. Some of the 
older boys and I were trying to push the vehicle 
out, without any success, when we discovered that 
the boy who was inside at the wheel had the 
brakes on. 

"One morning, we took a walk up on the mesa 
before school and the teachers begged me never 
to do that again. The little boys had stuffed their 
pockets with wild onions and you could smell 
them all the rest of the day. 

"One Sunday morning, we were walking to the 
mesa down the road and someone said, 'What will 
we do if the mountain lion comes. Grandma?' I 
said, 'Why there's no mountain lion around here.' 
'"Oh yes, there is! One got in So-and-So's sheep.' 
"My first impulse was to take the boys and run 
as fast as we could back to the mission. But I told 
the boys, 'If a mountain lion came, we couldn't do 
anything, so we'll just have to stop and ask the 
Lord not to let him come while we're here.' 

"So we prayed, then we continued on over to the 
mesa where the boys played on the rocks and 
hunted for arrowheads. The next morning, some- 
one shot a mountain lion behind the mesa. The 
little boys talked about that for a week. 'He was 
there all the time, wasn't he. Grandma? But Jesus 

Grandma Swartzwalder has a 
quiet moment amid a heavy 
schedule at the Grace Brethren 
Navajo Mission. 

didn't let him come out while we were there!' More 
than anything I could have said, the incident im- 
pressed upon their minds that Jesus will take care 
of you when you belong to Him. 

"We were given money one year to take the 
younger students on a field trip to Albuquerque 
for two nights, and I was assigned to stay in a large 
motel room with the six youngest boys. In the 
dorm, one of these boys wet the bed every night 
- sheets, blankets, everything. The other boys said, 
'What are we going to do about him. Grandma? 
He'll wet the bed.' 

More than anything I could have 

said, the incident impressed 

upon their minds that Jesus will 

take care of you when you belong 

to Him. 

'"We'll just have to ask the Lord to keep him from 
doing that.' 

"We prayed about it every night the week before 
we left, and those two nights in the motel he never 
had a wet bed. The Lord answers some very 
unusual prayers. 

"One night I had to paddle four little boys - 
something I had been threatening to do for a long 
time. I said, 'Do you know what this does to me 
when you're bad?' They said, 'No.' 

'"Well, it just makes me sick inside. Now you go 
to the bathroom and get into bed.' 

"I heard the boys talking then among 
themselves. One said, 'Grandma's sick." Another 
said, 'Yes, Grandma's sick.' 

The Lord answers some very 
unusual prayers. 

"There were times when the big boys would pile 
into my Chevy and we would be off to a ball game. 
If they won, we would have ice cream and cake in 
the dining room. Of course their pet hamster, 
'Hammy,' would be included in the party. He would 
scamper across the table, drinking Kool Aid from 
the glasses and gorging himself with cake. He 
would eat most anything. If we had popcorn, he 
would stuff his jaws so full you would think they 
would burst. I'm sure there was never another 
hamster quite like Hammy. The boys thought so 

"These are a few of my memories, but what 
means most to me is remembering the boys who 
asked Jesus to come into their hearts while they 
were in my care, each one in a different way. And 
each time we would sing, 'Thank you. Lord for Sav- 
ing My Soul.' 


HERALD/ July 15, 19 


"Nothing thrills me more today than hearing 
that one of my boys has accepted the Lord or that 
one of them is really living for Him. Through the 
years. I have heard from several of them. Two have 
visited me. One called from Wyoming. I have pic- 
tures of some of their children. 

"Since I left, I have visited the Mission three 
times. I may never get out there again, but I am 
looking forward to being with all those dear saints 
from Navajo Land for all eternity. I left a part of my 
heart at the Mission. 

"People have asked me how I could have lived 
with and cared for that many boys at my age. I 
never could have done it on my own. It was the 
Lord giving out His love to them through me. 
Children, the world over, respond to love. Thank 
you again. Lord, for those years." fS 

(Editor's Note - Pauline Swartzwalder now lives 
in Mansfield, Ohio, and is an active member of 
the Woodville Grace Brethren Church there.) 

GBIF Deposits 
Go Over 
$16 Million 

Favorable rates of return and an interest in 
church planting have caused deposits in the Grace 
Brethren Investment Foundation to reach $16 
million dollars. As of June 17. deposits totaled 

Walter Fretz. executive director of the Founda- 
tion, attributes much of the rapid growth to the 
fact that many certificates of deposit are coming 
due and people are seeking a better rate of interest 
for their funds. But more important is the fact that 
many individuals desire to use their money for the 
Lord's work. 

Funds placed in the Foundation currently earn 
6.5 percent (or 6.72 percent with continous 

Deposits are used to provide low interest growth 

loans to congregations in the Fellowship of Grace 

Brethren Churches. In the last fiscal year, more 

than $1,177,000 was advanced in the form of low- 

I cost mortgages. 

Since 1955, 190 Grace Brethren Churches 
i nationwide, in addition to Grace Schools, Winona 
I Lake, Indiana, have been assisted with loans 

• totaling more than $24 million. (Several have also 
j received more than one loan.) Presently, the 

• outstanding loan balance is approximately 

First Year Completed 

America Now! 

The first year of America Now!, the five year pro- 
gram of church planting in the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches, has been successfully com- 
pleted. Focusing on a fiscal year from July 1, 1986 
to June 30, 1987, goals for the first 12 months 
have nearly all been reached! 

During Year 1, Changing the Heartbeat. Grace 
Brethren Home Missions wanted to enlist 15 men 
in pioneering new churches, raise $1,265,000 in 
church planting offerings, and see 15 new 
churches added to the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

Seventeen men, exceeding the goal, have 
pioneered new Grace Brethren works in the past 
year: Dan Thompson. Naples, Florida:* Louis 
Huesmann. Hartford. Connecticut:* Jim Jackson. 
Columbia. South Carolina:* Ron Smals. 
Greensburg, Pennsylvania:* Greg Stamm. Lan- 
caster. Ohio:* Tom Bryant. AltaVista, Virginia:* 
Larry Black, Central City, Pennyslvania; Mike 
Wallace. Pine Grove, Pennyslvania:* Don Buck- 
ingham, West Lafayette, Indiana:* Scott Weaver. 
Mishawaka, Indiana:* Jim Kennedy. Makakilo. 
Hawaii;* Gary Hable, Escanaba, Michigan: James 
Schaefer, Lakehurst. Maryland: Mitch Cariage. 
Redlands, California: Mike Bielfuss. Ontario, 
California; Roger Bartlett, Lexington, Kentucky: 
and Jeff Mullins, Maui. Hawaii* 

Another goal was to raise $1,265,000 in offerings 
to support this accelerated growth. As of the end 
of May, $894,000 had been contributed toward 
America Now! This is $370,000 short of the goal. 
but one month remained in the program at the 
time of accounting. 

Home Missions churches begun this last fiscal 
year includes Naples, Florida: Hartford, Connec- 
ticut: Columbia, South Carolina; Greensburg, 
Pennsylvania: Lancaster, Ohio: Millersburg, Ohio: 
Mishawaka, Indiana: West Lafayette, Indiana: and 
Maui, Hawaii. Works presently developing in- 
dependently or with district assistance include 
churches at Central City, Pennsylvania: Escanaba, 
Michigan: Charleston, West Virginia: Lakehurst. 
Maryland: Redlands. California: and Ontario. 
California. This makes a total of 15 new churches, 
meeting our goal for the FGBC! 

Pray with us as we begin Year II, A Demonstra- 
tion of Love. Our goals for the next 12 months in- 
clude enlisting 20 men to pioneer new works, 
bringing the total new men involved in church 
planting to 35; raising $1,450,000 in offerings for 
church planting efforts, a 15 percent increase over 
Year I: and seeing 20 new churches begun in our 
Fellowship, being involved in at least 15 of those, and 
bringing the total new churches in the FGBC to 35. 

* Home Mission ministries 

*RALD/ July 15, 1987 



A Letter to the Pastor 

Dear Pastor Rough, 

My semester and year are winding down. One week from now I will have finished my last exam. 

■'Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" (Rom. 11:33) Pastor, I want 
to thank you and the assembly for praying for me. It makes a difference. In December you wrote 
to me regarding Communion. I am in fellowship with an Assembly of the Plymouth Brethren, where 
we share in Christ "s death regularly. 

I am involved on campus with Campus Crusade for Christ which challenges me to grow. God is work- 
ing in me to make me more open to discussing Him in public, on the bus, etc. I am encouraged by 
Paul, who came not with eloquence and superior wisdom, but in weakness and fear and much trem- 
bling. His message and his preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstra- 
tion of the Spirit's power (I Cor. 2:1-4). So you see, Paul himself was afraid to share the Gospel. But, 
in faith, he obeyed God, and opened his mouth and the Spirit spoke and people got saved. Since 
Evangelism is a weak link in my spiritual life, I went with Crusade to Daytona on Spring break. We 
shared the Gospel on the beach, the streets, at parties and at concerts. The Gospel really is the power 
of God. I think about 400 people got saved that week. Many more seeds were planted along the way. 
One fellow I talked to started out somewhat casually but his eyes were soon riveted to the tract. He 
said he wanted to pray later, alone. Pray for him (Paul). Another day, two fellows and I were down by 
the boardwalk when a fellow asked us for a cigarette. "Cigarettes have I none, but such as I have, give 
I thee". I started sharing the Gospel with him, using the 4 Spiritual Laws Tract. He had too much to 
drink, however, to understand it. He was a street man, homeless. He said he was really hungry. So 
we walked to McDonald's and he ate three sandwiches and fries. We talked for awhile, about his life 
and Jesus. We parted, praying together on the sidewalk. I pray he'll read the tract when he's sober, 
and be saved. Pray for him. So, God used Daytona, not only in my life, but to touch others, too. 

After I came back from Spring break, I went to a coffee hour for International Students sponsored 
by the Chapel. There, a Christian worker named Scott introduced me to a Chinese grad student 
who needed an American friend. We talked and set up a dinner appointment. During dinner, he 
asked me questions about how often I go to Church, etc. Then he asked how one becomes a Chris- 
tian. So, we read through the 4 Laws together and he prayed to receive Christ. Others had planted 
and watered and God gave the increase. We've been meeting together for follow-up and discipleship. 

Discipleship is something I'd like to see more of in today's Church. Philippians 4:9, II Timothy 
2:2, Matthew 28:18-20, show the pouring of one's life into another's -- teaching by example. There 
is something else we like to forget: suffering. "It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not 
only to believe on Him but also to suffer for Him." Suffering should be the norm of our existence 
and we should count it all joy when we are considered worthy to suffer for the Name and share in 
Christ's pain. I'm sorry this letter is somewhat incoherent. 

We are praying for revival at school and around the world. We pray 7:30-8:30 am Monday-Friday. 
We are using Operation World to help us pray for the Nations. It's a great book. The world is on 
God's heart and so it should be on ours. I think it's hard for us to believe that unsaved people live 
a life of slavery to sin, culminating in eternal separation from God, experiencing His wrath. It's not 
a pretty thought. But thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! We have been set free from 
sin to be enslaved to Righteousness and to die is gain. Christians should be more pessimistic than 
the worst pessimist and more optimistic than the brightest optimist. 

I was going to get a job at the Orange Juice factory this summer, but they said I couldn't concen- 
trate. (Joke) I will go to Virginia Beach this summer with Campus Crusade for Christ. I'll work a full- 
time job and witness on the job and on the beach. I am really excited about it. My prayer request for 
the summer is single-mindedness. I could easily get caught up in doing stuff and forget to gaze on Him. 

Well, this letter is a condensation of my semester. Pray for my finals. They are going to be no small 
potatoes, if you know what I mean. I have declared a major in math. Why? I guess it's because it's 
the major that counts. I love you all and look forward eagerly to seeing you. 

Luke 11:34-36 Jonathan Evans 

Jonathan Evans is amember of the Riverside Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA, where Don 
f^w ls £ asto . r - ? e w l} l ^ e "Junior at Duke University this fall, and looks forward to serving the 
Lord on the mission field or in the market place. 


HERALD/ July 15, li 

King $ Brass in Concert 

Rodeheaver Auditorium 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, August 1, 1987 

The King's Brass will be appearing in concert at the Annual Pre-Conference Concert sponsored by the Brethren 
/lissionary Herald, Saturday, August 1, 1987. 

The King's Brass consists of three trumpets, two trombones, one baritone, and a tuba -- "the best in brass". 
his summer is their tenth anniversary and they will be touring from New York to Kansas City and from Dallas 
3 Philadelphia. 

Through their concerts of worship and praise, the King's Brass blends the favorite hymns of old with a love 
x the classics and the technology of the synthesizer. This year's tour will feature concert artist Jim Allison. 

The 1987 King's Brass tour, directed by Tim Zimmerman, will introduce selections from their newly released 
Ibum, "Steadfast". 

There is no admission charge for the concert, and no offering will be taken. The concert is compliments of 
"ie Brethren Missionary Herald. 

IRALD/ July 15, 1987 29 



Ron Welsh has accepted the 
pastorate at the Blue Ridge Grace 
Church. He began his ministry there 
on April 5. 

Tom Avey has joined the staff of the 
Lititz Grace Brethren Church. He is 
serving as the Church Administrator 
under Senior Pastor Jerry R. Young. 
He had pastored the Orlando GBC 
for six years. 

Mitchell Picard, minister of children 
at the Grace Brethren Church, Lititz, 
PA, was chosen as one of three 
children's workers who were 
honored with an "Excellence in 
Ministry" award at the Children's 
Pastors Conference held in Denver, 


24. He was a faithful member of the 
New Albany Grace Brethren Church. 
Davy L. Troxel, pastor. 


Brethren Church, 430 E. Lincoln 
Ave., Myerstown, PA 17067. 

HARTMAN, JOHN E. 1908 Man- 
zana Rd., Carlsbad, NM 88220. 

HENNING, MARK. 208 Camino De 
Las Flores, Encinitas, CA 92024. 

Marvell Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 

KENNEDY, JAMES. 92-944 Palailai 
St., No. 91, Makakilo, HI 96707 

LEIGH, NATHAN. 1511 Maiden Ln., 
S.W., Roanoke, VA 24015. 

POYNER, RANDY. Grace Bible 
Church, 9300 Bruckington Rd., 
Sherwood, AR 72116. 

ROHRER, RICHARD. 5201 Lincoln, 
No. 155, Cypress, CA 90630. 

SMITH, WILLIAM. 9133 Northbay 
Blvd., North Bay, Orlando, FL 32819. 

STAMM, GREG. 830 McKinley Ave., 
Lancaster, OH 43130. 


Riverdale Rd., Apt. 2027, New 

Carollton, MD 20784. 


WILLETT, DAVID. Phone number is 


IOWA, UDELL. Please address all 

correspondence to Lawrence 

Powell, Rt. 1, Udell, IA 52593. 



The Grace Brethren Church at Lititz, 
Pennsylvania is undergoing a major 
expansion program. The Steward- 
ship Enrichment Program has been 
underway for some weeks and 
closed on July 12th with Victory 

The fund raising phase of the pro- 
gram has been going well. The pro- 
gram called "The Heart of the Mat- 
ter" has involved large numbers of 
persons. David Andrews is the cam- 
paign director and Jerry Young is 
Pastor. Their goals are lofty ones: 
The Leadership Goal is $600,000; 
Challenge Goal is $850,000; Victory 
Goal $1,000,000 and the Miracle 
Goal is $1,500,000. 


Pastor David Miller of the Grace 
Fellowship Church of North Long 
Beach, CA submitted his resignation 
on Sunday, June 21. He has ac- 
cepted the call of an independent 
church in Chatsworth, CA. Miller 
began his new ministry on Sunday, 
July 12th. The Grace Fellowship 
Church is the former Grace Brethren 
Church of North Long Beach which 
voted to change its name one year 
ago. David Miller had pastored the 
Community Grace Brethren Church 
at Warsaw, Indiana before going to 
Long Beach. 

Winona Lake, Indiana -- GBC 

Christian Education maintains 
resume files for people interested in 
youth pastor and associate pastor 
positions. If your church is looking 
for a full-time or part-time staff 

member you may want to contact 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 
Hawaii -- The Hawaiian District Con- 
ference of Grace Brethren Churches 
was held May 8-9 at both the Waipio 
Grace Brethren and Camp Puu 
Kahea. Rev. Dave Marksbury, 
Western director of BHM and Navy 
Chaplain Dayne Nix were the 
featured speakers. Report concern- 
ing the new work in Maui was given. 
God is at work through His people 
in Hawaii. Please pray for a real 
revival in that island. 


The Council for Advancement and 
Support of Education (CASE) has 
awarded Grace College and 
Theological Seminary four medals 
for excellence in publications and 
audio-visual production. 

Grace Magazine received a 
bronze medal in the "University 
Publications" judging category, 
while CASE awarded a silver medal 
to Grace for its new audio-visual 
presentation about the seminary. 
The new seminary viewbook won 
two medals, a silver in the "Imagina- 
tion in Publications" category and a 
bronze in the "Viewbook" category. 

The competitors included major 
colleges and universities throughout 
the nation. 

The viewbooks for the college and 
seminary and subscriptions to Grace 
Magazine are available free from the 
Grace Development Department. 
The seminary audio-visual presen- 
tation may be borrowed in VHS 
video format, and two other audio- 
visual presentations are available for 
loan in VHS video and 16 mm. film 
formats. The two are a program 
about Grace College and "The Joy 
Is Greater," featuring Grace Brethren 
missionaries in Europe. 

The publications and audio-visual 
presentations are available from the 
Grace Development Department, 
1-800-54-GRACE (outside Indiana) 
or 1-800-845-2930 (in Indiana). 


HERALD/ July 15, 19* 




Last year, the birth rate in China 
rose to about 20.8 births for each 
1,000 people, up from 17.8 in 1985. 
China ended 1986 with 14.8 million 
more inhabitants than it had a year 
earlier, bringing its population to 1.06 

Twenty-two percent of the world's 
people live in China, on only 7 per- 
cent of the world's arable land. The 
population density is four times 

Couples are given pay increases 
of 5 to 40 percent, long maternity 
leaves and better housing if they 
agree to have just one child. They 
are fined heavily, severly criticized 
by peers and even risk losing their 
jobs if they violate restrictions. While 
couples in the cities must usually 
settle for one child, the rules are 
much more flexible for the nearly 80 
percent of the population in rural 
areas. A rural couple that has a girl 
usually can get permission to try 
again for a boy. 

Sons still are prized more than 
daughters, because of traditions and 
the expectation that a son will be 
physically stronger and thus better 
able to look after aging parents. 

Chinese women bear an average 
of 2.4 children, up from 2.2 in 1985. 



April 26, 1987 marked the celebra- 
tion of the 25th Anniversary of the 
Silverbell Grace Brethren Church of 
Tucson, Arizona. Rev. J.C. "Bill" 
McKillen, the founding pastor, was 
the keynote speaker. The celebration 
was also used for the burning of the 
mortgage and dedication of the new 
cornerstone, which was intentional- 
ly omitted when the building was 
constructed in 1962, until the 
building would be debt free. This 
was made possible by the 
graciousness of Mr. Waldo W. 
Crowder, in his estate settlement. 

Rev. J.C. "Bill" McKillen, founding 
pastor is shown on left and Pastor 
Ken Curtis, present pastor on the 


A new Grace Brethren Church 
has begun in Hawaii under the 
leadership of Pastor Jeff Mullins. It 
is also the first church on the island 
of Maui. (Four other Grace Brethren 
Churches in the state are located on 

Kip Coffman, pastor of the Rain- 
bow Grace Brethren Church at Ewa 
Beach, has been instrumental in 
beginning the new church. For the 
past several months, he has traveled 
to the island at least once a week to 
lead a Bible class. In April, the con- 
gregation formed and it has been 
recognized by the Hawaii District of 
Grace Brethren Churches. 

Mullins is a native of Oregon and 
was active in the Rainbow Grace 
Brethren Church, Ewa Beach, 
Hawaii while stationed there with the 
U.S. Navy. He recently graduated 
from Briercrest Bible College, 
Caronport, Saskatchewan, with a 
bachelor's degree in religious 

He is married and has three 


James Hunt, New England 
church planter and pastor for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions, has 
resigned from the Grace Brethren 
Church, Palmer, Massachusetts. 

For the past ten years, he and his 
wife, Mary, have worked in the New 
England area, beginning Bible 
classes and organizing new 




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Dear Friend, 

It is our happy privilege to take this opportunity to say "Hello" to you. 
We are a local congregation of Christian Believers in your area. Our pur- 
pose is to present the teachings of the Bible. We believe the Bible is the 
Word of God and presents the only true and complete statement about 
God to be found in our troubled world. 

We, as a local church, seek to present the claims of Christ to the world. 
We preach and teach the Scriptures at our services and trust the truth 
will serve as a guide of instruction. We also believe the fellowship with and 
love for one another serves to give the proper setting for our worship of God. 

Our local Grace Brethren Church is a member of a larger fellowship. This 
larger group is the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. It is composed 
of churches like the one in your community. 

The national organizations in our fellowship of churches seek to pro- 
vide an outreach ministry. The purpose of this brochure is to not only in- 
troduce our local church to you, but also these organizations: Grace 
Brethren Home and Foreign Missions work to establish churches here in 
the United States and abroad. Grace Schools and the Brethren Missionary 
Herald help carry out the mission of making Christ known through train- 
ing and publications. GBC Christian Education aids in local church pro- 
grams, and our Women's Missionary Council, Evangelistic Ministries and 
Grace Village minister to individual needs. 

As you read this brochure, you will learn more about us. Please keep 
in mind that we at the local Grace Brethren Church are here to be of ser- 
vice to you. We stand ready to help in times of need and to extend a loving 
hand of care if you so desire. We would like to be your church home for 
fellowship and inspiration. 

You may contact us with any further questions about our church and 
our work. The pastor's name and phone number are given below. We are 
here to serve you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 




HERALD/ August 15, 1 


Grace College 
and Theological Seminary 

The first 50 years 

The establishment of Grace Theological 
Seminary, and later, Grace College, came because 
of critical needs. 

A group of pastors, laymen, and students met 
in a private home in Ashland. Ohio, the evening 
of June 2, 1937, in order to discuss the need for 
a new seminary to be associated with the Brethren 
Church. The people at the meeting were vitally in- 
terested in providing a seminary to properly train 
men and women for Christian service. 

During that meeting, amid much discussion and 
prayer, a new seminary association was 
established, and four months later the doors to 
Grace Theological Seminary first opened. 

Since that first year, Grace Theological 
Seminary has made a huge impact on the world, 
having prepared thousands of pastors and leaders 
of other ministries. 

Roger Peugh, European coordinator for Grace 
Brethren Foreign Missions and 1968 graduate of 
Grace Theological Seminary, summed up that 

impact in a comment he made last year. While on 
furlough to the United States. Peugh was in a small 
plane flying high over the campus of Grace Col- 
lege and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake. 
Indiana. This tiny place, he said, is changing the 

At the end of its second year, the seminary was 
moved from its temporary quarters in Akron, Ohio 
to Winona Lake, Indiana where both the college 
and seminary are located today. 

Grace College began in 1948 with an enrollment 
of 25 students. It was established because of the 
need for an undergraduate facility within the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Grace 
became a four-year liberal arts college in 1954. 

Grace Tbday 

Grace College today is a thriving, accredited, 
four-year Christian liberal arts college with a stu- 
dent body of more than 750. It has established 
itself as a high-quality institution for educating 
Christian young people. 

-RALD/ August 15, 1987 


The college offers 42 degree programs in its six 
divisions to provide students with training for a 
variety of vocations. The Student Academic Advis- 
ing Center at Grace is a unique approach in higher 
education. The center helps students identify ap- 
propriate career preferences and helps them 
choose the appropriate academic programs. 

Grace Theological Seminary has earned a 
worldwide reputation for excellence in the 
evangelical Christian community for training 
leaders in various Christian ministries. Today, the 
seminan' has a student body of approximately 400 

The seminary places special emphasis on the 
preparation of students for expository preaching 
and teaching. In addition, its programs in biblical 
counseling. Christian school administration, and 
missions develop expertise in the men and women 
pursuing these areas of Christian ministry. 

In the Fall of 1987, Grace Theological Seminary 
established its West Campus in Long Beach, 
California, to offer accredited theological and 
seminary training in that region. In addition, the 
seminary offers courses at its European Extension 
Program at the Chateau de St. Albain, near Macon, 

To find out more about Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary, call toll-free 
1-800-54-GRACE or 1-800-845-2930 or write to the 
Director of Admissions, Grace Schools, 200 
Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. To 
contact the seminary's West Campus, call 
213-595-5670, or write Grace Theological 
Seminary, 3625 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, 
California 90807. 



Division of Languages and Literature 

English German Education 

English Education Greek 

French Spanish 

French Education Spanish Education 


Division of Social Sciences 

Accounting History 
Business Pre-law 
Business Education Psychology 
Counseling Social Studies Ed. 
Criminal Justice Sociology 

Division of Fine Arts 

Art Graphic Design 
Art Education Music 
Communications Music Education 
Church Music 

Division of Religion and Philosophy 

Biblical Studies Christian Ministries 
Biblical Studies Ed. 

Division of Natural Sciences 

Biology Nursing 
Biology Education Pre-dentistry 
Computer Science Pre-engineering 
General Science Pre-medical 
Mathematics Science Education 
Mathematics Ed. 

Division of Education 

Elementary Ed. Health & Physical Ed. 

Grace Theological 
Seminary Degree Programs 

Master of Divinity ~ Basic three-year pro- 
gram for students preparing for a ministry of 
the Word. 

Master of Theology ~ A four-year program 
offering studies in theology. Old and New 
Testament, and missions. 
Doctor of Theology - 
in theology, Old and 

Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling - lb 
equip men and women for leadership roles in 
church-related counseling ministries. 
Master of Arts in Christian School Ad- 
ministration - Theological and professional 
training for Christian school administrators. 
Master of Arts in Missions ~ For students 
with at least two years of successful missions 

Offers concentrations 
New Testament, and 

HERALD/ August 15, 1 


Brethren Evangelistic 


M, Jl the early days of our fellowship of 
churches we were known as the Brethren United 
evangelistic Crusade Committee, under the 
lynamic leadership of Dr. R. Paul Miller. Later, we 
lecame an official creature of National Conference 
ind were known as the Brethren Board of 
Evangelism. Our ministry was mostly mass 
vangelism as we sent gifted men to our churches 
o conduct evangelistic crusades. In more recent 
rears, we played a key role in GROW '73. DEO-80"s 
ind other personal evangelism training programs. 
Ne are currently sponsoring First Love Renewal 
Seminars in local churches and districts. 

Today, there has been a shift in evangelism from 
lecision-making to disciple-making, from 
mtreach to inreach. from programs to motivating 
:very believer to be a faithful witness for Christ. 
Vhile the methods of evangelism will always be 
:hanging. the mandate to evangelism remains 
:onstant. We believe we are to declare the Gospel 
nessage to the lost with the goal of: 

1. Conversion to Jesus Christ as Lord and 

2. Identification with Christ through 
baptism and church membership. 

3. Making responsible, reproducing 

The purpose for Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
s to promote in even.* way possible the cause of 
rvangelism in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. Our goal is to assist our churches in 

Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
P.O. Box 7649. Roanoke. VA 24019 • 703 563-9944 

their efforts to carry out the Great Commission of 
our Lord. We want to accomplish this goal in the 
following ways: 

1. PROMOTION: We seek to promote within 
our fellowship the philosophy of evangelism that 
will permeate even - cooperating board, organiza- 
tion, district, and church. We desire to mobilize the 
members of our fellowship into sharing their faith 
in their own creative way. as taught them by God. 
and to witness within the frame of reference of the 
local church, using local leadership, and with 
worldwide objectives. We gladly support any and 
all of the organizations within our FGBC that 
would promote evangelism. We stand ready to 
assist in any way possible, evangelistic outreach 
and training at Grace Schools, encouraging the 
formation of a future chair of evangelism there. 

2. PRAYER: We want to be the voice or con- 
science of evangelism to our churches, leading 
them into a unified prayer effort for spiritual 
renewal. We strongly encourage participation in 
special days and seasons of prayer on the local, 
district and national level. Prayer is first and last 
in evangelism. It is the key to any spiritual 

3. PEOPLE: Our staff and board of directors 
stand ready to assist in training, encouraging and 
representing the ministry of evangelism to the 
delegates of our district and national conferences. 
We offer suggestions for speakers who are able to 
conduct crusades, seminars, or share testimonies 
in our churches. As candidates become available. 
we want to send out summer Gospel teams who 
can minister in the churches of our fellowship. An- 
nually. Brethren Evangelistic Ministries will pre- 
sent the Robert B. Collitt Memorial Award to a 
selected individual(s) who demonstrates the fervor 
and spirit of evangelism of Dr. Collitt. 

4. PRODUCTS: Information, materials, 
literature and ideas to stimulate evangelism are 
available through monthly articles in the Brethren 
Missionary Herald magazine and a quarterly 
B.E.M. Newsletter mailing to pastors. We are 
acting as distributors for First Love International 
(FLINT), serving on its board of directors. FLINT 
is an independent organization supplying 
materials for First Love Renewal seminars. 

IALD/ August 15, 1987 



Brethren Missionary Herald 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the 
Word was with God, and the Word was God: 9 

This is the way John chose to introduce his 
Gospel. He named Jesus Christ, God's son, as the 
Word. We know the Bible is the Word of God. 

When we choose to communicate, we generally 
select the method of words. So, the written word 
is a very important, time-honored method of 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. is an impor- 
tant part of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. It came into existence in 1940 to print 
and distribute written materials for the Fellowship 
and other believers, and to encourage Christians 
in their faith. Some of these materials introduce 
Christian Truth to those who are seeking informa- 
tion about God and the Bible, others encourage 
spiritual growth in believers. The offices of the 
Herald Co. are located at Winona Lake, Indiana. 



In the early years of the history of the Herald 
Ministries, the church magazine. The Brethren 
Missionary Herald was a major part of the work. 
Sales of literature to churches for Sunday School 
usage comprised the balance of the ministry in 
1940. From its humble start as a small, black-ink 
publication, today's magazine contains many full- 
color pages with devotional materials, national and 
international news and information from our 


The next step of development was to provide text 
books for students at Grace Seminary and later to 
Grace College. Retail sales have been a growing 
part of the program for the past 45 years. The 
Herald Bookstore sells printed materials of major 
publishers as well as books that originate with the 
ministry. A toll-free telephone service makes 

possible the sale of materials through the United 
States and the world. 

Sunday School Curriculum materials from 
Scripture Press, Gospel Light and David C. Cook 
are available at all times. 



As the needs of the fellowship grew, a full-scale 
printing operation was established in the early 
1970's. Full-color work is done in this plant where 
the latest printing and typesetting equipment is 
in daily use. We provide printing for our own needs 
as well as those of the organizations comprising 
our Fellowship. Printed materials are produced for 
Grace Schools. Home Missions, and Foreign Mis- 
sions. Many of our BMH Books are typeset and 
printed in our shop, as well as The Herald 
Magazine, Daily Devotions, and many other 
Christian publications. 



A very rapidly growing division of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co. is BMH Books. This part of 
the work began in the early 1970's and the list of 
books offered has grown to include more than 260 
different titles. The books are sold to individuals, 
bookstores, churches and to Bible Colleges and 
Seminaries throughout the world. 

Many of the books originate with the Herald. 
The manuscripts are secured from authors, edited 
and printed in our facilities. Other titles bear the 
BMH imprint and are published in cooperation 
with major evangelical publishers. At the present 
time, BMH Books is working with Moody Press, 
Baker Book House, Zondervan, Victor Book divi- 
sion of Scripture Press, and Lion Publishers of i 

HERALD/ August 15, 19* 



Tools for evangelism are also a product of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co. A gospel tract, 
Life's Most Important Question has been in 
print for a number of years and is geared to the 
Evangelism Explosion Program. Since it was 
introduced, almost 3,000,000 of these tracts 
have been distributed to dozens of different 
church denominations for their use. Other 
tracts for children and special groups are also 


The Brethren Missionary Herald Co. has a 
forward-looking program to expand the number of 
books in print. Growth is planned to increase the 
distribution methods and widen the areas of sales. 

The purpose remains the same as in 1940 -- to 
introduce persons to God and to encourage people 
in their Christian Faith. 

To receive information on any areas concerning 
the Brethren Missionary Herald call toll-free or 
write to: 

Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 

P.O. Box 544 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


:RALD/ August 15, 1987 



PlantingChurches Around theWorld 

It was a year of challenge and commitment, 
especially for 53 individuals whose uncompromis- 
ing determination to reach the lost world for Christ 
set the pace for what is now called Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions. On September 4, 1900, they 
stood beneath the trees near the Billy Sunday 
Tabernacle in Winona Lake, Indiana and said "yes, 
we are ready to enter the foreign mission field." 

Today, Grace Brethren Foreign Missions serves 
on four continents. One hundred sixty-one mis- 
sionaries are active in 11 countries. The past 87 
years have witnessed both glory and defeat, but 
the faithful perseverance of the missionary team 
has resulted in encircling the globe with Grace 
Brethren Churches and preaching centers. 

GBFM is dedicated to keeping together what 
God never intended to separate: the church and 
the Great Commission. We want our missionaries 
to be the finest evangelists possible, but we believe 
that all evangelism must lead to a creation or 
growth of churches that are faithful in obeying all 
things that Jesus taught His disciples. 

The goal of GBFM is planting churches. 

The bond of GBFM is Biblical teamwork. Mis- 
sions is not what the church does for the mis- 
sionary; it is what the church does t hrough the 
missionary. We are all laborers together with God. 

Our unique force is prayer. Our Lord has 
promised to set before us an open door, but this 
door must be opened by intercession. Missionaries 
can only prevail by prayer. 

Our motivation is clear vision of the urgency of 
the times. We are living in significant days and 
God is seeking out those who are willing to live 
significant lives - people who are able to feel a 
strong sense of personal destiny. He is putting 
together His team, and it will be composed of peo- 
ple who can combine vision for the world and a 
focus on the needs of those who live in the house 
next door. 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions: the church, 
teamwork, prayer, and a vision; helping Grace 
Brethren churches reproduce themselves around 
the world. 


HERALD/ August 15, 198ft 


Goal — Planting churches 

Bond — Biblical teamwork 
Force — Prevailing prayer 
Motivation — Clear vision 
of the urgency of the times 

ERALD/ August 15, 1987 




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Eternal Life 

God has not made it a difficult 
thing for a person to become a 
Christian. He has made it a sim- 
ple thing -- so simple that a little 
child can comprehend it, yet so 
wonderful that only eternity will 
reveal its unsearchable riches. 

As there is an A B C in the 
alphabet of our language, so 
there is an A B C in the alphabet 
of eternal life. 

himself. His hope is in Another. 
Man needs a Savior. That leads 
us to the 


The "A" in the alphabet of eter- 
nal life is this: 

"All have sinned, and come 
short of the glory of God" 
(Romans 3:23). 

This is the picture of man as 
God sees him before he is 
cleansed by the blood of Christ. 

The Bible is the mirror into 
which man must look if he would 
see himself as he really is. That 
mirror shows us that "all have 
sinned." No exceptions are made. 

"There is not a just man upon 
earth, that doeth good, and sin- 
neth not" (Ecclesiastes 7:20). 

"There is none righteous, no, 
not one: There is none that 
understandeth, there is none 
that seeketh after God" (Romans 

Many today are counting upon 
their righteousness, their good 
works, their moral character to 
save them, but the mirror of 
God's Word shows us that "All 
our righteousnesses are as 
filthy rags; and we all do fade as 
a leaf; and our inquities, like the 
wind have taken us away" 
(Isaiah 64:6). 

What Then? 

Is there no hope for man? Tru- 
ly there is no hope for man in 

in the alphabet of eternal life. It 

"Behold the Lamb of God, 
which taketh away the sin of 
the world" (John 1:29). 

It is impossible for man to save 
himself. No resolution, no refor- 
mation, no manner of life can 
save him. But Jesus Christ, the 
Lamb of God, can. 

Therefore, God's Message 

to men is to look away from 
themselves and look to His Son. 
There is life for a look at the 
Crucified One. Behold the 
Christ, who came from heaven to 
earth and lived the spotless life, 
who taught as never man taught, 
who loved as never man loved, 
who revealed the glory of the 
Father as earth had never seen it 
before. Behold this Christ who 
wended His way to Calvary - not 
to be a martyr, not to be simply 
an example of suffering, but to 
bear in His own body and on His 
own heart the sin of the world. 
Behold Him risen from the dead 
for our justification. 

"For he [God] hath made him 
[Christ] to be sin for us, who 
knew no sin; that we might be 
made the righteousness of God 
in him" (II Corinthians 5:21). 

"Who his own self bare our 
sins in his own body on the tree, 
that we being dead to sins, 
should live unto righteousness: 
by whose stripes ye were 
healed" (I Peter 2:24). 

"Look unto me, and be ye 
saved, all the ends of the earth" 
(Isaiah 45:22). 

"Behold the Lamb of God." 
You must behold Him, friend, if 
you would please God and 
receive eternal life. This leads us 
to the 


in the alphabet of eternal life. It 

"Come unto me, all ye that 
labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest" 
(Matthew 11:28). 

Christ only can give rest from 
the burden and guilt of sin. He 
only can break sin's power in the 
life. But before He can do this, the 
heart must be opened to Him. 
Man must not only "behold" 
Christ; he must receive Him as a 
personal Savior. 

"But as many as received 
him, to them gave he power to 
become the sons of God. even to 
them, that believe on his name" 
(John 1:12). 

The Next Move Is Yours 

If you are interested in further 
information about eternal life 
and how you can receive Christ 
as your personal Savior, contact 
the pastor of the local congrega- 
tion nearest to you that is 
associated with the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches or 
write to: 

BMH Tracts, 

Box 544, 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

IRALD/ August 15, 1987 



CE executive staff (left to right): Ed Lewis, Executive 
Director; Sue Rike, SMM Director; and Brad Skiles, 
Director of Administration. 

Training and 
Church Leaders . . 

Helping Grace Brethren churches 
develop mature, biblical leadership is 
the pulse of this national office. 


'ince 1966, GBC Christian Educa- 
tion has provided training, ministry ex- 
periences, and resources to assist Grace 
Brethren churches in leadership develop- 
ment. The future of the church and its cur- 
rent effectiveness hinges on leadership. We're 
challenged by that thought. 

Each year more than 1200 high school 
students attend our Brethren National Youth 
Conference, a week of spiritual challenge and 
excitement. How many will be leading the 
church 20 years from now? How many will 
be beacons of light to a lost world? We're ex- 
cited to think that the answer is "hundreds!" 

Each summer 60 or more high school 
youth travel for six weeks on ministry teams 
called Operation Barnabas. Boys learn how to 
prepare and present a brief sermon. Girls 
learn skills in storytelling. All grow in per- 
sonal evangelism, creative Sunday school 
teaching, Christ-like ministry, and spiritual 
disciplines. Most say it changes their lives. 

Over 600 people have been involved in our 
missions programs. Through TIME (Training 
In Missionary Endeavor), some have served as 
secretaries for missionaries, teachers in mis- 
sionary schools, construction or maintenance 
workers, or helped missionaries in other 
ways. Almost every TIME worker has been in- 
volved in evangelism, contributing to the mis- 
sionary's church planting efforts. 

Ministries like Euro-Missions Institute and 
Latin America Missions Institute have given 
participants an intense exposure to mission 
strategies and experiences. Many participants 
have become career missionaries. 

Our National CE Convention, Ridgecrest 
conference for church staff and lay workers, 
mailings to pastors, teaching at Grace 
Schools, and various publications are ways 
we help adults. Through these ministries we 
present ideas for building strong Sunday 
schools, teach a strategy for caring for peo- 
ple's needs within the church, challenge 
teachers and disciplers to keep their content 
life-related, and stimulate people to live 
authentic Christian lives. 

We are servants of Christ and the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. From 
our perspective, our ministry would come to 
a halt without the support of Grace Brethren 
people. We value that relationship. 


HERALD/ August 15, 19(1 



e love youth! Though we do a lot to 
help pastors and adult church leaders and 
workers, our favorite ministries are with young 

We pour our energy into youth because they are 
most receptive to Christ. If we can't lead a person 
to Christ by age 18, the work of evangelism 
becomes increasingly more difficult. 

We pour our resources into youth ministries 
because youth are the future. They will pass 
Christ's message to future generations and lead 
the church into the 21st century. 

As a national office, we work with local church 
youth workers, teaching them an effective strategy 
for youth ministry and providing helpful 
resources. Our discipleship and outreach ministry 
to girls, called Serving My Master, reaches hun- 
dreds of girls in local churches. Programs like 

Brethren National Youth Conference and Opera- 
tion Barnabas give youth and their youth workers 
opportunities for special challenges and growth. 
We're excited to be used by God in such a signifi- 
cant ministry. We're excited to be a part of a group 
of churches that share our heart for young people. 

Our Roots 

When the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
began in 1939, two of the organizations formed to 
serve these churches were National Christian 
Endeavor and the National Sunday School Board. 

Later named Brethren Youth Council, National 
Christian Endeavor held their first conference in 
1938 and sought to help Grace Brethren churches 
minister to youth. In 1966 the Sunday School Board 
and Youth Council merged to become a resource 
for local church Christian education ministries. 

Today we're known as GBC Christian Education 
and minister to both youth and adults. Our staff is 
simply a catalyst for local church ministries. We 
provide strategies, ideas, challenges, ministry ex- 
periences, and encouragement to help churches 
grow and reach their lost neighbors. 

If you would like to know more about our 
ministry, we would like to send you our monthly 
newsletter, CE News & Views. In the publication, 
you'll find feature articles on people affected by our 
ministry, news from our office, prayer requests, and 
a page of Ministry Tips for church workers. It's a 
free mailing, simply request it from: 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

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Women Manifesting Christ 

Jeannie remembers the first 
time she attended a WMC 

"I was nervous!" she laughed. 
"Here I was -- a newly married, 
recent college graduate in a 
strange town. My husband and I 
were attending his home church 
and I didn't know anyone. But I 
did want to get to know the peo- 
ple of the church." 

One Sunday she noted the 
WMC meeting announcement in 
the bulletin. "I thought, 'This is 
it. This is your chance to meet 
people, Jeannie. You'd better go.' 
So I did." 

At the meeting Jeannie 
became acquainted with many 
women. She was amazed at the 
wide spectrum of attenders. 
"They were of all ages. I really ex- 
pected everyone to be older. Why, 
I wasn't even the youngest one 
there. Some were single, some 
were married. Some had 
children, some didn't. It was 

That was fifteen years ago. 
Jeannie is still an active member 
of WMC, but her reasons for par- 
ticipating have changed. 

"WMC plays an important role 
in my life. It makes me more 
aware of what's happening in mis- 
sions and how I can be involved. 
I'm personally corresponding with 
and praying for several mis- 
sionaries; I probably wouldn't 
have gotten involved without the 
encouragement from WMC. The 
Bible studies challenge my per- 
sonal growth in Christ and I've ex- 
panded my prayer life. Plus, the 
fellowship with other women is an 
added bonus. I've made many 
new friends in WMC. 

"You know, WMC has also 
helped me gain confidence in 
myself. I've learned not to be so 
afraid of taking a responsibility, 
like being secretary of the group," 

Jeannie mused. "In the past 
several years I've led the Bible 
study and that's been a terrific 
time for me. I've learned so 

For Jeannie, WMC is a tool for 
growth in her walk with Christ. 
It is a time for friendship and 
fellowship. It is an integral part of 
her life. 

"I can't imagine a month going 
by without attending WMC. 
Honest! I really enjoy it. That's 
why I'm always inviting other 
women in the church to come 
with me. And when they do, they 
enjoy it, too." 

Women Manifesting Christ -- 
that's what WMC stands for. Of 
course, many people still 
recognize that it also represents 
Women's Missionary Council. 
Actually, WMC is that and much 

As the women's organization of 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches, WMC is designed as a 
service group for the Fellowship 
with local, district, national, and 
international outreaches. 

Local WMC councils function 
within individual churches. 
These councils are the basis, the 
mainstay, of WMC. How the 
various councils function may 
vary from church to church. 

During a monthly meeting, 
several components may be in- 
cluded: Bible study missions 
study, songtime. prayertime, 
business meeting, craft time, 
fellowship time, and refresh- 
ments. Most WMCs strive to en- 
courage their members' spiritual 
growth and awareness of and in- 
volvement in missions. 

The local WMCs make up the 
district WMC organization. On 
the district level, meetings occur 
four times a year or less. The 
women enjoy the fellowship on 
the district level and working 

together as a group of churches 
to meet goals. 

The national WMC is 
composed of the district WMCs 
(and therefore, the local councils, 
too). Providing the program 
materials, organizational struc- 
ture, and an information center, 
the national WMC meets once a 
year at the Fellowship's National 
Conference. However, the na- 
tional officers work throughout 
the year. 

WMC has helped the Fellow- 
ship financially throughout the 
years. On a local level WMCs 
have refurnished sections of 
churches, bought needed items, 
and cleaned churches. Districts' 
camps, youth programs, and 
home mission points have 
benefited through WMC gifts. 
Nationally, WMCs have aided the 
Navajo mission, Grace Schools, 
the Foreign Missionary Resi- 
dence in Winona Lake, and many 
Home Mission churches. Since 
missions is a very important part 
of WMC, many overseas projects 
have been completed involving 
every mission field. 

Since WMC was the originator 
of SMM, the girls' group (Serving 
My Master), the women are ac- 
tively involved in their 
"daughter" organization. Finan- 
cially, prayerfully, and physical- 
ly, the WMC ladies care for the 
SMM girls. 

WMC is all of this and even 
more. Just ask any WMC woman 
and she'll tell you about Women 
Manifesting Christ. 


HERALD/ August 15, isi 


Grace Village 

Grace Village Retirement Complex is located in 
Winona Lake, Indiana on more than 30 beautifully- 
landscaped acres with peaceful, country surround- 
ings. Grace Village was founded to provide Chris- 
tian friends with a comfortable environment and 
place of fellowship during their maturing years. 
Since the first residents moved in during October 
of 1974, this purpose has been accomplished in 
an outstanding manner. The staff of Grace Village 
is dedicated to a ministry of concern and is geared 
to meeting the needs of older adults. 

The main building is located on 20 acres and in- 
cludes 121 independent and 17 residential-care 
apartments and a 33-bed comprehensive health 
care wing. The new Independent Apartment 
Homes comprise IOV2 additional acres. 

The Independent Living Apartment Homes 
feature three different one- and two-bedroom floor 
plans to accommodate resident's individual tastes. 
Residents may choose interior carpeting and 
drapes and decorate in any manner they prefer. 
The neighborhood for the new homes is fully land- 
scaped with decorative trees and shrubs. 

Residents in the main building appreciate the 
privacy of their apartments. Each apartment is the 
resident's personal environment decorated with 
their own furnishings. The size of the apartments 
are varied and meal schedules are optional at the 
desire of the resident. Benefits of the main building 
include a laundromat, beauty/barber shop, a 

branch of a local bank, and a lovely chapel where 
programs are available at the choice of the resi- 
dent. Complete housekeeping and laundry ser- 
vices are also provided. 

Plans for the construction of Grace Village began 
in 1972. Since that time, interested persons have 
made investments, given annuities, endowments 
and gifts that have been of benefit both to the giver 
and to Grace Village. These investors have also 
made the continuing expansion program possible. 

Grace Village is a part of the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. Residency, however, is not 
restricted to Grace Brethren persons. 

Districts or individual churches interested in ex- 
ploring retirement home possibilities are cordial- 
ly invited to contact Grace Village for information. 
The administrator or any one on the Board of 
Directors would be pleased to share their unique 
and very successful program which has been 
established for pleasant Christian retirement 

A packet of information explaining Grace Village 
will be sent upon request, without obligation. 
Write to: 

Rev. Sherwood Durkee, Administrator 


RO. Box 337 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(219) 372-6100 


Village - 


At Its Bestf 

Interior and exterior views of the new 
Independent Living Apartment Homes 

ERALD/ August 15, 1987 



Life in America 

The alarm breaks the stillness of the summer 
morning. With a heavy arm, Joe reaches for the 
clock and silences the irritating buzz. It is 5:45 
a.m. -- time to get up. 

For a moment he lies there, wiping the sleep 
from his eyes and watching the dancing pattern 
of the rising sun as it peeks through cracks in the 
still-closed blinds. Then he slowly rises and pads 
silently over the thick carpet to the bathroom for 
his morning shower. 

In the kitchen, the pleasant aroma of coffee fills 
the air as water begins to drip through the 
automatic coffee maker. By the time Joe finishes 
his shower, the pot is complete. 

Over a cup of the freshly brewed coffee, he scans 
the headlines of the morning paper; picking up the 
remote control, he flicks on the television set to 
catch the morning news. He has a wide selection 
-- three major networks, two local independent sta- 
tions, and the 24-hour cable news channel. 
Sipping his coffee, he divides his attention between 
the newspaper and the sometimes-violent pictures 
of happenings half a world away. 

So begins morning in a typical American home. 
The lady of the house may be following a similar 
routine, for in today's society, most families require 
two incomes. Children may be left with a babysit- 
ter or left alone to look after themselves before and 
after school. The couple drives late-model cars and 
commutes an average of 20 miles to work. 

It's an easy life -- plush carpet under our feet, 
coffee that makes itself at a pre-determined set- 
ting, instant news that is easy to turn off (and just 
as easily forgotten). On a daily basis, we Americans 

Discipleship is a key part 
of a church planting ministry. 

do not contend with over-bearing governments, 
crowded living conditions, or standing in line for 
our ration of food. 

We live in a nation of ease. Machines do our work 
- from the laundry to drying our hair, from bal- 
ancing our checkbook to making automatic 
deposits into those accounts. One can board a 
plane after breakfast in Boston and arrive in Los 
Angeles in time for lunch. 

And we find plenty to fill the extra hours. In 
1985, we spent more than $176 million on recrea- 
tion - buying books and magazines, going to 
sporting events, and spending an evening at the 
theatre. We spent another $131 billion in 

We are known as a Christian nation, founded on 
Biblical principles and rooted in Godly ethics, but 
drifting rapidly from our religious heritage. Fifty- 
nine percent of our citizens are members of a 
church, but only 42 percent attend services once 
a week. 

What makes a Christian nation? Is it because we 
attend church? Is it because an audible prayer is 
offered before each session of Congress? Is it 
because we enjoy the freedom of religion? 

Or are we really a Christian nation? 

Or are we even a nation of Christians? This is a 
quality that cannot be guaranteed by the Constitu- 
tion or mandated by law. It is a personal choice. 
And while 59 percent of us attend church, only 32 
percent have made that individual decision and 
are born again. 

We must face the facts. We are a nation in crisis, 
not a nation that is Christian. The headlines mir- 
ror a needy nation - nearly half of our marriages 
end in divorce, drug and alcohol abuse are com- 
mon, and people seek satisfaction in eastern-type 

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is 
concerned for our spiritually blighted nation. 
Grace Brethren pastors help provide Biblically 
grounded answers to today's complex questions. 
Friendly congregations "reach out and touch" 
needy people in an impersonal high-tech age. 

Grace Brethren Home Missions is part of the pro- 
cess. As the church planting department of the 
Fellowship, we work nationwide helping new con- 
gregations develop into wholesome churches com- 
mitted to sharing the Gospel with their neighbors. 
These congregations are meeting the needs of 
hurting individuals and helping people practical- 
ly live the Christian life on a daily basis. 

We are committed to reaching America. Now. 


HERALD/ August 15, 19*1 


Sunday School is an important part of a new church. (Palm Harbor, Florida) 

America: A Mission Field 

Mission Field: United States of America 

Brief History: Founded in 1776 by im- 
migrants who sought religious and personal 

Population: 238,740,000 (1985) 

This includes a diverse blend of nationalities, 


Black -- 28,887,000 

Hispanic -- 16,940,000 

Religious Preference: 

Protestant -- 57 percent 
Catholic -- 28 percent 
Jewish -- 2 percent 
Other -- 4 percent 
None -- 9 percent 

Church Membership: 

59.3 percent are church members 
42 percent attend church once a week, 

Protestant -- 42 percent 

Catholic -- 53 percent 

Jewish --31 percent 

Marriages -- 10.5 per 1,000 people 
Divorces - 4.9 per 1,000 people 
Personal income per capita - $13,876 

RALD/ August 15, 1987 





Grace Brethren 

Navajo Mission 

L Red Lake 
\ y Tonalea 

[Tuba City 
/ Cameron 

The School Ministry 

Founded in 1947, Grace Brethren Navajo Mis- 
sion opened an elementary boarding school four 
years later. Miss Angie Garber, the first teacher, 
remembers that although the enrollment was 
larger, average attendance was only about 17 
because the students (all first graders) kept 
running away and going home. 

A high school was added in 1980. Enrollment 
for all grades is between 110 and 125 students. 

Recognized for its quality education, the school 
is located in a rural area of Navajoland and is not 
on the reservation proper. 

The majority of families speak the Navajo tongue 
in their daily lives and few students start school 
with an adequate command of English. So it is 
necessary for the school to emphasize the develop- 
ment of English language skills to equip young 
people for the future. 

The goal of GBN School is to strengthen Navajo 
Christian homes and churches. Teachers are con- 
cerned that each pupil have clear opportunities to 
know Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord. A 
special purpose of the high school is to prepare 
leaders for the Navajo church. 

For more information, 

write or phone: 

Grace Brethren Navajo Ministries 

Counselor, New Mexico 87018 

(505) 568-4454 

The Church Planting 

In the early years of Grace Brethren Navajo Mis- 
sion, Navajo people were contacted through home 
visitation and by ministering to their health needs 
and other physical problems. Because of the lack 
of adequate transportation, mission vehicles often 
carried people to church services at the Mission. 

Now, public health care and other programs to 
assist Navajo people make many of the early 
ministries of the Mission obsolete. And most Nava- 
jo families now own their own vehicles. 

But the deep spiritual need continues. Problems 
brought on by alcohol and drug abuse have 
multiplied. And family tragedies are as common 
with Navajo people as with other racial groups. 

Local churches led by Navajo pastors is the 
biblical answer to meet this need. Three native 
churches currently lead the Indian believers in 
worship, Bible study, ministry, evangelism, 
spiritual growth, and fellowship. 

Home visitation and Bible teaching is carried on 
by Mission personnel as a support to local 


HERALD/ August 15, 19 


Grace Brethren 
Investment Foundation 

1955 -- Dwight D. Eisenhower 
was president, the Supreme 
Court had recently ruled against 
segregation in schools, and the 
Brooklyn Dodgers beat the New 
York Yankees in a seven-game 
World Series. 

Nationwide, there was a con- 
struction boom. Churches, 
stores, restaurants, and other 
buildings were going up at a 
record rate. But at the same time, 
loans for new homes, cars, or 
business purposes were increas- 
ingly harder to come by. The 
July 15, 1955 U.S. News and 
World Report noted that the 
government was squeezing the 
credit supply in order to curb the 

With congregations in the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches feeling this crunch, 
the Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council organized a new 
institution that year to help 
growing Grace Brethren 
Churches obtain low-cost finan- 
cing for new buildings, educa- 
tional units, or other capital pur- 
chases. The Grace Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation and its low- 
cost loans quickly became a vital 
part of church growth in North 

Just as in 1955, the Founda- 
tion is supported by Grace 
Brethren people who want to see 
their financial resources used in 
helping growing congregations. 
Initial deposits in the Foundation 
in 1955 earned an investor three 
percent on passbooks and five 
percent on term investments. To- 

GBIF depositors, regardless of their age, have the satisfaction 
of knowing their funds are being used to help build churches. 

day, all depositors earn 6.5 per- 
cent with continuous com- 
pounding of 6.72 percent. 

Investors today have the same 
assurance of those of more than 
30 years ago - their deposits are 
being used to help provide low- 
cost growth loans to Grace 
Brethren Churches, across the 
country. 190 Grace Brethren 
Churches in addition to Grace 
Schools, Winona Lake, Indiana, 
have been assisted with loans 
totaling more than $24,000,000. 

The GBIF staff is ready to 
assist: Walter Fretz (seated), 
executive director; (from left to 
right): Wanita Ogden, book- 
keeper; Steve Galegor, comp- 
troller; Flo Figert, secretary; 
Linda Koontz, secretary. 

RALD/ August 15, 1987 


■fidfianeHt of FaiPh 

of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

We of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, in 
harmony with our historic position, believing the Bible, 
the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible to be our in- 
fallible rule of faith and of practice, and feeling our 
responsibility to make known the divine message of the 
Bible, present the following articles as a statement of 
those basic truths taught in the Bible which are com- 
mon to our Christian faith and practice: 

1. THE BIBLE: the Word of God. the sixty-six Books of 
the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all 
parts, and therefore wholly without error as originallv 
given of God (II Timothy 3:16: II Peter 1:21). 

2. THE ONE TRUE GOD: existing eternally as three 
persons -- the Father, the Son. and the Holy Spirit 
(Luke 3:22: Matthew 28:19: II Corinthians 13:14). 

3. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: His preexistence and 
deity (John 1:1-3). incarnation by virgin birth (John 
1:14: Matthew 1:18-23). sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). 
substitutionary death (II Corinthians 5:21). bodily 
resurrection (Luke 24:36-43). ascension into heaven 
and present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16). and coming 
again (Acts 1:11). 

4. THE HOLY SPIRIT: His personality (John 16:7-15): 
and deity (Acts 5:3-4): and His work in each believer: 
baptism and indwelling at the moment of regenera- 
tion (I Corinthians 12:13: Romans 8:9): and filling 
(Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and 
service (Ephesians 3:16: Acts 1:8: Galatians 5:22-23). 

5. MAN: his direct creation in the image of God (Genesis 
1:26-28). his subsequent fall into sin resulting in 
spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24: Romans 5:12). and 
the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 

6. SALVATION: a complete and eternal salvation by 
God's grace alone, received as the gift of God through 
personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his 
finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9: Titus 3:5-7: 1 Peter 

7. THE CHURCH: one true Church, the body and bride 
of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23: 5:25-32). composed of 
all true believers of the present age (I Corinthians 
12:12-13): and the organization of its members in local 

churches for worship, for edification of believers, and 
for world-wide gospel witness, each local church be- 
ing autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and 
work (Ephesians 4:11-16). 

8. CHRISTIAN LIFE: a life of righteousness, good 
works, and separation unto God from the evil ways 
of the world (Romans 12:1-2). manifested by speak- 
ing the truth (James 5:12). maintaining the sanctity 
of the home (Ephesians 5:22-6:4). settling differences 
between Christians in accordance with the Word of 
God (I Corinthians 6:1-8). not engaging in carnal 
strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all 
men (Romans 12:17-21). exhibiting the fruit of the 
Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). and maintaining a life of 
prayer (Ephesians 6:18: Philippians 4:6). including 
the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of 
the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name 
of the Lord (James 5:13-18). 

9. ORDINANCES: the Christian should observe the or- 
dinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are (1) bap- 
tism of believers by triune immersion (Matthew 
28:19) and (2) the threefold communion service, con- 
sisting of the washing of the saints' feet (John 
13:1-17). the Lord's Supper (I Corinthians 11:20-22. 
33-34: Jude 12). and the communion of the bread and 
the cup (I Corinthians 11:23-26). 

10. SATAN: his existence and personality as the great 
adversary of God and His people (Revelation 12:1-10). 
his judgment (John 12:31). and final doom (Revela- 
tion 20:10). 

11. SECOND COMING: the personal, visible, and immi- 
nent return of Christ to remove His Church from the 
earth (I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10). and 
afterward to descend with the Church to establish His 
millennial kingdom upon the earth (Revelation 

12. FUTURE LIFE: the conscious existence of the dead 
(Philippians 1:21-23: Luke 16:19-31). the resurrection 
of the body (John 5:28-29). the judgment and reward 
of believers (Romans 14:10-12: II Corinthians 5:10). 
the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers 
(Revelation 20:11-15). the eternal life of the saved 
(John 3:16). and the eternal punishment of the lost 
(Matthew 25:46: Revelation 20:15). 


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Only 22,463 Days 
Until Retirement 

by Charles W. Turner 

There he was -- or was it she? 
Anyway, the infant was yawning 
and appeared to be quite new. 
The picture was on the back of a 
magazine and the advertisement 
was from a prominent insurance 
company. It read, "Only 22,463 
days until retirement." 

The effect was the one 1 am 
certain the ad agency intended. 
I stopped to read the advertise- 
ment and found the average age 
of retirement is now 61.5, not 65 
and is getting lower. However, my 
first reaction was not to race out 
and prepare for that future day 
with another insurance policy. 
My reaction was to come up with 
the number of days left until my 
retirement. Since the individual 
pictured was a brand new model, 
and I find myself having been 
around for awhile, there are not 
22.463 days left until my retire- 
ment or for me to do anything 
else I might want to do. 

Where are the thousands of 
days assigned to me? They have 
gone by with great speed and 
each passing year moves with an 
increasing velocity. It reminds 
me of a fellow who once said, "I 

keep being knocked down by 
Saturdays." Here it is September 
and I am just recovering from 
staying up late for New Year's 
Eve. Time is on the move and the 
speed shows no sign of abating. 
The ad showing the happy new 
arrival brought to me another 
rather awesome thought. Life 
and time are gifts of God and are 
to be used with the greatest of 
care. It is not retirement that 
bothers me, but the thought of 
eternity that makes time so 

Life and time are 

gifts of God and are 

to be used with the 

greatest of care. 

What we do with time and how 
we make decisions to use time 
will be one of the realms of ac- 
countability in the future. First, 
we have to make some com- 
mitments to make time useful. 
Our initial commitment should 
be to God and salvation through 
His Son, Jesus. Next, we need to 

put together our days and make 
them useful for good. I use the 
term "good"in a wide sense, 
because we can do good to> 
mankind and we can do good in 
keeping the commands of God. 

But the number of useful days 
available to each of us is always 
one less each and every day. This 
is unchanging and a rule that we 
cannot ignore. The one problem 
(or is it a blessing?) is that we do 
not know the total from which we 
are deducting. I may be deduc- 1 
ting today from 4,000 days on 
just maybe I am deducting it 
from 50 days. I do not know and 
neither do you, and this in- ; 
troduces a factor of uncertainty. 

This uncertainty makes today 
an important one and we need to 
seek to use it wisely. "This is the 
day which the Lord has made. 
I will rejoice and be glad in it' 

A word of advice I would like to 
give to my little friend in the in- 
surance advertisement is this. 
"Your 22,463 days will be gone 
much more quickly than you 
ever imagined." 

HERALD/ September 15, 1 


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Volume 49 No. 9 

September 15, 1987 

2 Editorial 

Only 22,463 Days 
Until Retirement 

Charles W. Turner 

4 Devotional 
The Water of Life 

6 Grace Schools 

Bibles and 
Border Guards 

Joel Curry 

8 Home Missions 

Evangelism - Is 
It Important? 

William Byers 

10 Home Missions 

A Sweet-Smelling 

Chris Hayes 

Hand Me 
Another Shirt 

Chuck Davis 

11 Home Missions 
Time to Build 

Al Reilly 
14 Brethren Evang. Min. 

Fasting - What 
the Bible Teaches 

Dr. Jerry Falwell 

16 Devotional 

The Deadly Sin 

Paul Devries 

25 Foreign Missions 

News Update 

22 Brethren Personalities 28 Fellowship News 


Brian Weaver 30 Fellowship News 

24 Foreign Missions Grace Community 

God's Protective 
Linda Mensinger 

You Asked, We Responded 

• Readers of Daily Devotions have requested 
that we include the first names of the women 
in our Grace Brethren Foreign Missions "Pray 
For" section. We have made this addition begin- 
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The Water of Life 

The Living Water 

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, 
Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" (His 
disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 

The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a 
Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask 
me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with 

Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God 
and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would 
have asked him and he would have given you living 

"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw 
with and the well is deep. Where can you get this 
living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, 
who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as 
did also his sons and his flocks and herds?" 

Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water 
will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water 
I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give 
him will become in him a spring of water welling 
up to eternal life." 

The woman said to him, "Sir give me this water 
so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming 
here to draw water." 

He told her, "Go, call your husband and come 

"I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to 
her, "You are right when you say you have no hus- 
band. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and 
the man you now have is not your husband. What 
you have just said is quite true." 

"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a 
prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, 
but you Jews claim that the place where we must 
worship is in Jerusalem." 

Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is 
coming when you will worship the Father neither 
on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans 
worship what you do not know; we worship what 
we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time 
is coming and has now come when the true wor- 
shipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, 
for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in 
spirit and in truth." 

The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called 
Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain 
everything to us." 

Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." 

John 4:7-26 

Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back 
to the town and said to the people, "Come, see a 
man who told me everything I ever did. Could this 
be the Christ?" They came out of the town and 
made their way toward him. John 4:28-30 

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed 
in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told 
me everything I ever did." So when the Samaritans 
came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and 
he stayed two days. And because of his words many 
more became believers. 

They said to the woman, "We no longer believe 
just because of what you said; now we have heard 
for ourselves, and we know that this man really is 
the Savior of the world." John 4:39-42 


"they are before the throne of God 
and serve him day and night in 
his temple; 
and he who sits on the throne will 

spread his tent over them. 
Never again will they hunger; 
never again will they thirst. 
The sun will not beat upon them, 

nor any scorching heat. 
For the Lamb at the center of the 

throne will be their shepherd: 
he will lead them to springs of 
living water. 
And God will wipe away every tear 
from their eyes." 

Revelation 7:15-17 

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him 
who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him 
come; and whoever wishes, let him take the gift of 
the water of life. Revelation 22:1 7 

The Water of Human Kindness 

I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup 
of water in my name because you belong to Christ 
will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:41 

"Then the King will say to those on his right. 
'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your 
inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the 
creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave 
me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me 
something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited 
me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was 
sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and 
you came to visit me.' 

"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when 
did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and 
give you something to drink? When did we see you 
a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and 
clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison 
and go to visit you?'" 

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever 
you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, 
you did for me.'" Matthew 25:34-40 

(AH references from the New International Version.) 

SRALD/ September 15, 1987 


Bibles and Border Guards 

by Joel Curry 

The hazards and struggles of the Christian life dif- 
fer from culture to culture. In the West, believers 
often are most preoccupied with facing temptation 
in a society which does not share their moral and 
ethical values. 

But in the East, the hazards and struggles are 
often physical. They involve real persecution, even 
the loss of life. No one there takes conversion to 
Christ lightly. 

One Grace Theological Seminary student -- we'll 
call him Don -- has seen some of these hazards first 
hand as a courier delivering Bibles, books, hymn- 
books, and even money to pastors and other 
believers behind the Iron Curtain. 

Don has faced Romanian border guards' endless 
questions. He has been aware of the sensitive direc- 
tional microphones trained on himself and travel- 
ing companions during the hours of waiting for per- 
mission to proceed across communist borders. 

Yet it's not all the stress that has changed Don's 
life. What changed his life was seeing the character, 
the dedication, and the love of the persecuted 
believers he met during his secret visits. Now in 
Grace Theological Seminary's Master of Divinity 
degree program, he plans to return to work with 
pastors of Eastern European churches. 

It was 1984, while on summer break from Bible 
college, when Don volunteered to deliver Bibles and 
other supplies behind the Iron Curtain for a Euro- 
pean mission agency. 

Pastors there need Bible commentaries to help 
them in their teaching. Some local churches in 
Eastern Europe do not have even one complete Bible 
to use. Occasionally, someone is able to get word out 
about where copies of Scripture are needed. One of 
the biggest purposes for the visits is to contact and 
encourage Christians in the East. 

In one instance Don knows about, word filtered 
out of the Soviet Union of the need for money by 
a group of believers. They had finally obtained a 
government permit to construct a building for their 
church services, and they needed the money to pay 
for materials before the permit was rescinded. In 
such cases, people such as Don may take the money 
into Eastern Europe, where it passes through several 
hands before being smuggled across the Soviet 
border to its ultimate destination. 

"Basically, what we did was to take things that the 
mission packed for us in the car into these coun- 
tries," Don explains. "We had to memorize all the 
addresses for security purposes. We'd be gone a 
week and a half or two weeks at a time. For exam- 
ple, we were in Czechoslovakia for 10 or 12 days. By 
the 10th day, we were in the right city trying to 
figure out which of the addresses we'd memorized 
were in that city. And a lot of the streets weren't even 

Don recalls, with tears welling up in his eyes, one 
of his early visits. "I remember one particular fami- 
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whatever food they had and watched us eat it. I'm 
sure they didn't have any other food in the house. 

"Would I do something like that? If I were really 
hard up and didn't know where the next meal was 
coming from, but knew that these people were 
tired and had come all this way just to say 'Hi' and 
see how I was doing, would I be willing to sacrifice 
like this?" 

Then there was the church organist. 

"In Czechoslovakia, we were picked up at a 
campground by this guy. I was able to talk with 
him because we both could speak German. He was 
the church organist. At one time, he had been the 
head or president of an academy in that particular 
city. He had worked there many years and met his 
wife there. A couple of years after they were mar- 
ried, they became Christians. So he lost his job. 
Just like that. The government said that since he 
was a Christian, he couldn't have that job anymore. 

"So now he works in a low-level civil service job. 
But just talking to him, you can see the joy in his 
face. It was incredible. If he smiled anymore, his 
face would crack. He'll be in that lowly job for the 
rest of his life because he is a believer. But his at- 
titude is that this is his new ministry area where 
he can thrive and serve the Lord." 

The man had a message for Don to deliver to 
Western people. "When you go back to the West, 
when you tell them my story don't tell them about 
the sacrifice. Tell them about Jesus." 

Don was greatly changed by experiences like 

Obviously, there are the changes in perspective 
that come just from being around the physical liv- 
ing conditions - the empty grocery shelves, bread 
lines, poverty, gasoline rationing, and 
hopelessness of the surroundings. 

But the changes in Don run far deeper. 

"Before, my life was sort of status quo. As a 
Christian I did all the right things." In comparison, 
his commitment was shallow, he believes. "When 
you see how the Christians in Eastern Europe deal 
with each other, how they love and trust one 
another, you know that they have learned a lot of 
lessons we have not even begun to learn. 

"Here, you can put on the guise of Christianity 
and do all the right things, but really might not 
even know the Lord. But there, being a Christian 
is a commitment. In many cases, it means putting 
your freedom, even your life, on the line. 

"Even Christians who have the chance to leave 
often choose not to do so. They say, 'Who's going 
to take our place?' as witnesses. That makes a lot 
of sense." 

The East Block church is a ministry to which 
Don plans to return after completing his M.Div. 
degree at Grace. "After seminary, I want to get in- 
volved in a church in the West for a couple of years, 
and then go back to Eastern Europe. I want to 
either work with those pastors or with the mission. 
That will be several years from now. But every day. 
everything I do here brings me one step closer. 
That's what keeps me going. It's something I'm 
looking forward to." H 


RALD/ September 15, 1987 


Is It Important? 

by William Byers 

Shuffling priorities! This is the daily routine of 
us all. Everyone has had the experience of re- 
shuffling things to do according to importance, 
whether it has been at one's desk or the bulletin 
board where the yearly calendar is tacked. 
Sometimes, when the real priority items stack up 
on the desk without being done, they become fire 
hazards. They keep being shuffled as one tries to 
determine which one will burn you the most if it 
doesn't get done. Then when time takes its toll and 
it seems like mercy is coming from those who 
await you, there almost appears a comfort level 
that some things are not being done. The pulpit 
each Lord's day resounds with loud emphasis on 
those Christian service items we see revealed to us 
from the Scriptures in our meditation during the 
week. Among these Christian duties and privi- 
leges, the priority need for personal witness is 
paramount. Matthew 28:19 is on our minds much 

of the time - in fact it is among our priorities. All 
too often, however, because of the mercy of God, 
evangelism appears to be that item of endeavor in 
our lives that becomes comfortable to neglect. 

Evangelism is the indispensable privilege that 
makes possible our close relationship with our 
Lord. Out of this relationship flows all proper ad- 
justment and reward. This is what Jesus was 
teaching Peter when he said, '7 will give unto you 
the keys of the kingdom of heaven." Through per- 
sonal witness the power of God is released which 
in turn produces strong Christians and strong, 
growing churches. 

In plain language, the following results reveal the 
importance of Evangelism in the Christian's life: 

1. The assurance of personal salvation. Even 
though the Word of God states clearly the time 
when we receive eternal life, nobody ever doubts 
their eternal salvation, even amid the greatest of 


HERALD/ September 15, IS 


life's temptations, when he or she enjoys a regular 
practice of personal witness for Christ. 

2. Personal problems work out when the 
spiritual needs of others are a priority in your 
life. Wherever the Christian goes in life, whatever 
he says, and whatever he does should be accom- 
panied with personal witness. This is described by 
a part of the Christian's armor (Ephesians 6:15). 
". . . and your feet shod with the preparation of 
the Gospel of peace." Paul was using the descrip- 
tive Roman armor in this scriptural context to il- 
lustrate the Christian soldier. The Roman soldier 
was equipped with a special hob nailed shoe so 
that he had the best foothold for battle. This ar- 
mor illustrates that if the Christian is to have any 
continual foothold for Christian service, his essen- 
tial preparation is crucial. His life everywhere in 
word and deed is to display the Gospel of peace. 

Evangelism is the 
indispensable privilege that 

makes possible our close 
relationship with the Lord. 

3. The understanding of God's complete will 
for your life is assured. God opens doors for in- 
credible Christian service and total life occupation 
when a burden for souls is evident in your life. 

4. Future reward of being with many con- 
verts will be yours for eternity. Even though 
you personally do not lead all the people to Christ 
with whom you have had a spiritual influence, 
your contributed part will be visual throughout 
eternity. There will be more people in heaven as 
a result of your effort here than you will ever hear 
of on this earth. 

5. Your children's adjustment in life will 
take on the joy of spiritual success. When your 
children see your commitment to evangelism ef- 
fort, they learn that real living stems from caring 
for the true needs of others. 

Dr. Bob Jones Sr. once said "Happiness is not 
found in doing what one likes, but it is found as 
you stumble over it on the path to duty." 
Evangelism may not be in your comfort zone for 
activity, but complete fulfillment in your Chris- 
tian life will be the order of the day when you are 
found faithful in this endeavor. 

We cannot build new Grace Brethren Home Mis- 
sion churches in America without Evangelism. 
Our pastors who successfully build these 
ministries are evangelists in the pulpit as well as 
in one-on-one encounters. Their people follow their 
fervor and catch the burden for the lost. The Lord 
is using a variety of evangelism methods in our 
churches across the country to reach people for 
Christ. I can only share a few of them. Pastor Al 
Reilly at Lexington, Kentucky, has successfully 

evangelized and discipled people through Bible 
study programs. Pastor Kurt Miller and his wife, 
Anecia, at Palm Harbor, Florida, have successful- 
ly won many contacts to the Lord and their church 
from a local Christian day school. Dr. Lester Pifer 
has utilized referral contacts from his people and 
other extensive calling ministries to lead people to 
Christ nearly every month in Bradenton, Florida. 
Friendship evangelism sharing is a key to the suc- 
cess of the growing ministry in Naples, Florida, 
under the leadership of Dan and Jackie Thomp- 
son. Other methods are being used successfully, 
such as canvassing through newcomer contact 
lists, computer aided evangelism and special 
celebration days. Even though I have not named 
all the many other Home Mission pastors in this 
regard, all our men and their families see their ef- 
forts in evangelism as the key to their growth in 
the local church. 

It has been said that nothing stands still - it 
either progresses or falls back. The personal, 
spiritual relationship each of us have with the 
Lord, as well as the healthy growth of our 
churches, depends largely on our emphasis on per- 
sonal witness and our support of those who are 
committed to its full-time effort. O 

William Byers is southern director for Grace 
Brethren Home Missions, a position he has held 
since 1976. He has also pastored Grace Brethren 
congregations in Virginia and Georgia. He and his 
wife. Betty, and their two children currently live 
in Atlanta. Georgia. 

RALD/ September 15, 1987 



A Sweet-Smelling Aroma 

by Pastor Chris Hayes 
Wasilla, Alaska 

Becoming a sweet-smelling aroma to those with whom we deal we 
desire to exhibit our knowledge of Christ to them. 

Living in an area where the population is large- 
ly individualistic, dispersed, and scrutinizing 
makes relationship building vital to evangelism. 
In our attempt to manifest a true and clear Jesus - 
Gospel-believing ministry, we strive to initiate rela- 
tionships that grow into opportunities to speak 
boldly as we ought. The basic philosophy which 
we have adapted and committed ourselves to is 
found in II Corinthians 2:14-17. 

By living confidently in our community and 
becoming immersed in its diverse areas, we eager- 
ly seek to live triumphant lives in Christ. Becom- 
ing a sweet-smelling aroma to those with whom 
we deal, we desire to exhibit our knowledge of 
Christ to them. We want people to "smell"' (that 
intangible sense of detecting aroma) Christ in our 
lives, faith and church. 

One August I volunteered to help coach a foot- 
ball team. The head coach was an intimidating, 
cursing, beer-drinking fireball of a man and well 
known as one of the winningest coaches in our 
state. He accepted my offer on certain conditions 
and with great doubt and reservation because of 
my "religious connections." 

My goal was not only to be the best coach this 
man had ever had. but to also be the best believer 
he had ever smelled. That first season ended with 
a lot of teasing, joking and personal testing by him. 
His parting remark to me was something like. 
"What is it with vou. Haves?" 

I went fishing with him that summer and we cut 
fire wood together for the winter. The next year he 
asked me to coach with him again. He started the 
first team meeting with a speech about how things 
were going to change. There would be no cursing 
or verbal abuse from him or anyone else. 

It was a season marked by lots of personal and 
Christian ethic questions. I anticipated even. - op- 
portunity to share the gospel with this man . . . 
and the whole football team . . . and the 
cheerleaders. Several trusted Christ as their Savior 
through a high school Bible study spawned from 
that season. A few still attend our church. 

This year, although leery of church as an institu- 
tion, this same coach has said. "I believe in Jesus, 
and that He died on the cross." He and I still foster 
a better-than-average relationship. As we talk with 
each other, the issue with this man is. "Hayes. I don't 
know about you: you make it all different." 

For now that will have to do. I am accomplishing 
my goal. My heart's desire and prayer to God for him 
and all others like him is that they might be saved. 

Chris Hayes relumed to his native Alaska to 
pastor the developing Grace Brethren Church at 
Wasilla. just north of Anchorage. He and his wife. 
Liz. have four children. 

Hand Me Another Shirt 

by Pastor Chuck Davis 
Ocala, Florida 

In a developing Home Mission church, the seed-sowing time is often 
months or gears of tedious, hard labor without any visible results. 

Drenched in sweat, shirt number two joins 
others in the hamper. A cold drink, a clean shirt 
. . . and back to seed sowing. 

The Apostle Paul states a very basic principle of 

evangelism that needs to be impressed on every 
heart. "I planted. Apollos watered, but God was 
causing the growth." (I Cor. 3:6 NASB) In 
evangelism, there is a seed sowing time and a 


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reaping time. Paul reminds us. "... whatever a 
man sows, this he will also reap." (Gal. 6:7 XASB) 
To reap souls, we must sow the seed of the Word 
of God that will produce the harvest. (Romans 
10:17 XASB) 

For a new church with 13 members, seed sow- 
ing becomes imperative. When 11 of the 13 
members are retired and living in Florida, 
thousands of miles from family and friends, then 
seed sowing is critical. 

In a developing Home Missions church, the seed- 
sowing time is often months or years of tedious, 
hard labor without any visible results. Endless 
door knocking in 90 degree weather (the reason 
for a fresh shirt), visits with prospects, phone calls, 
letters, countless tracts and surveys distributed, 
newspaper ads and articles, sermons. Bible 
studies, evangelistic meetings, special musical pro- 
grams, prayer meetings, friend days, socials ... all 
seemingly fruitless labor resulting in tired, 
discouraged people and pastor. 

A year seems a long time to sow seed . . . another 
shirt in the hamper. 

In Ocala. Florida, we are just beginning to see 
the results of months (and sometimes years) of 
seed sowing. The labor is bearing fruit as we see 
children and adults receiving Christ and still 
others seeking to know more about this Christ we 
proclaim. Evangelism is not easy nor is it always 
just a quick Gospel presentation. But when the 
seed, the Word of God. is sown, it produces results. 

Hand me another shirt . . . ■ 

Chuck Davis weachers the sweliering heat of 
central Florida to plant a Grace Brethren Church 
in Ocala. He and his wife. Millie, have two married 
children and three grandchildren. 

Time to Build 

by Pastor Al Reilly 
Lexington, Kentucky 

In these days of indecision and uncertainty, 
sincere, thinking Christians dare not be satisfied 
with the status quo. or business as usual, in 
witnessing for Jesus. Whoever we are. wherever we 
are. God will use us to help change the world, if 
we are available. 

Yet. we are often reluctant in the area of 
evangelism because of apathy, disregard, fear, or 
a bad experience. How can we reverse the tide? By 
having a personal strategy, a deliberate plan of ac- 
tion to accomplish a specific goal. Here are several 

First, live the life. Be genuine. Be an example. 
(Ephesians 5:1) Would someone like the God we 
worship by the picture we portray with our lives? 
If we described the God we love, could someone 
love Him? Like it or not. people read the covers of 
our lives to determine the contents. 

Second, be faithful to the message. Don't 
quit! The Apostle John penned these words: 
I . . be faithful unto death . . ." (Rev. 2:10 XASB) 
How? Preach Christ. Only Jesus can change men 
and He chooses to do it through us as Christians 
{I Corinthians 1:23). Allow me to illustrate. Leav- 
ing a small child with a box of crayons alone in an 
art museum is not likely to produce pleasing 
results (or well-preserved paintings). The child's 
ability to appreciate art needs more time to 

mature. Likewise, the Gospel may not always be 
appreciated by those who first hear it. Indeed, it 
sometimes provokes rejection and ridicule. 
Remember, we are called to be faithful and leave 
the results to God. 

Finally, anticipate opposition. Spurgeon put 
it this way. "The best evidence of God's presence 
is the devil's growl" If there is no opposition, then 
we are doing nothing worth opposing. It's easier 
to magnify the negative than to accentuate the 
positive. When presenting a clear cut testimony for 
Christ, expect opposition. (See Acts 20:27-38.) 

As we rub shoulders with the hungry and thirsty 
humanity and sense their inner ache for help and 
hope, keep these principles in mind. H 

At Reilly pastors the Grace Brethren Church in 
Lexington. Kentucky. A graduate of Temple 
University and Biblical Theological Seminary, he 
and his wife. Linda have three children. 

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What the Bible leaches 

During the past several years fasting has become 
a popular form of protest. Those disenchanted 
with the world around them have proclaimed that 
they would not eat until certain wrongs were 
righted. Consequently, many Christians have 
become skeptical of fasting. What is the truth 
about fasting? Manv people in the Bible fasted: 
Moses (Ex. 34:28), Hannah (I Sam. 1:7), and David 
(II Sam. 1:12: 12:22). The entire nation of Israel 
fasted on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:27a). 
Jesus fasted in the wilderness (Matt. 4:2). Paul 
fasted following his conversion (Acts 9:9). 
Throughout history, great men sought the power 
and blessing of God while fasting: Luther, Calvin, 
Knox. Finney. When a person fasts he refrains from 
food, which is both necessary and enjoyable. 
Fasting is frequentlv linked with praver in the 
Bible (Psalm 35:13: Matt. 6:5-18; I Cor. 7:5). Fasting 
manifests the deep sincerity of a person's prayer. 
It is a protection of the spirit against the en- 
croachments of the body. 

The typical fast in the Bible did not involve 
abstinence from liquids. When Jesus fasted, the 
Scripture does not mention that He was thirsty 
(Matt. 4:2). Most scholars believe Jesus drank 
water, but He did not eat food. The complete fast 
involves no food or water (Acts 9:9), and a person 
should not go on an absolute fast for more than 
one day. If a person has a serious health problem, 
he should consult his physician before engaging 
in a complete fast. The partial fasts involve 
abstaining from certain foods (Dan. 1:12). God may 
lead some people to abstain from certain foods as 
a test of their sincerity, especially when searching 
for a specific answer to prayer. When the partial 
fast was used, a person would abstain from food 
only during the daylight hours. It also included 
abstinence from sexual relationships (I Cor. 7:5). 
Most often the fast in the bible lasted only one day. 
Esther called for a fast of three days and three 
nights. This was a crisis situation in which Israel 
faced extinction (Esther 4:16). Moses, Elijah, and 
Jesus each fasted for forty days. On each occasion, 
God had a special message to reveal to His people. 
God does not use the fast to reveal special 
messages to us today, but He does use it to prepare 
our hearts for service. 

by Dr. Jerry Falwell 

Only those who are mature in Christ and have 
had years of experience in fasting should attempt 
to abstain from food and water for a lengthy period 
of time. Another danger is the problem of spiritual 
hvpocrisy (Matt. 6:16). Jesus pointed to the pride 
of the Pharisee in Luke 18:12. Fasting is not 
designed to get the eye of the world, but to get the 
ear of God. When a person places his trust in 
fasting for salvation, fasting then becomes a work 
of the flesh. A person must fast out of humility and 
sincere repentance (Joel 2:12, 13), not out of wrong 

Why Fast? 

Fast when facing a national crisis. America 
has become materialistic, humanistic, and 
secularistic. and needs a revival that could be 
sparked by prayer and fasting. I believe this nation 
can be saved if a great number of Christians will 
fast and pray. Fast for individual needs. Most are 
like those powerless disciples in Matthew 17:20, 
21. They face problems beyond their ability to 
solve. Prayer and fasting initiate spiritual power. 
Fast during periods of distress. David fasted 
and mourned for his son before the child's death 
on the grounds that while the child was alive, 
David's prayers might be answered (II Sam. 
12:16-23). Fast when facing spiritual decisions. 
Before our Lord began His ministry on this earth, 
He set aside time to pray and fast (Matt. 4:2). The 
church in Antioch sought the face of God for direc- 
tion through prayer and fasting. The will of God 
was made known. The Gospel would be taken 
west. Fast because the Bridegroom is coming. 
There is today an increased interest in fasting. 
Why is this so? Perhaps the answer can be found 
in the parable of the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13). I 
do not believe fasting is a sign of His coming, but 
the revival of interest in fasting may be motivated 
by an anticipation of that Blessed day. 

The Bible does not tell how often or how long we 
ought to fast. When a person feels a need in his 
Christian life, it is appropriate to fast. Do not enter 
a period of fasting without setting a time limit. You 
should fast for a specific period of time. Begin by 
refraining from solid foods, but drink liquids. 



Perhaps at a later time you can increase the scope 
of your fast. When one fasts, he should meditate 
and seek the face of God. The child of God will 
want to spend much time in fellowship with his 
Heavenly Father. Begin by repenting, as David 
humbled himself before God (Ps. 69:10). Make sure 
that you are in proper relationship with God and 
that there is not hidden sin in your life (Ps. 19:12). 
Ask for cleansing from sin (I John 1:9). Pray con- 
tinually for specific requests. Since you are not 
eating, why not spend in prayer the time that you 
usually spend in eating. At each mealtime, pray 
for each request on your list. Read large sections 
of Scripture and select key verses to memorize. If 
a person's heart attitude is right when he fasts, he 
is worshipping God. One of the best ways to 
magnify God is to contemplate His greatness and 
power. Thank Him for all He has done for you. 
When you realize what God has done in the past, 
you will have confidence to take everv petition to 

The proof of your fasting is 
measured by the energy of your 
service after you break your fast 

If you have fasted properly, you will want to end 
your fast biblically. Because the stomach is empty 
after you fast, it is important how you break the 
fast. Many have gotten sick because they have 
filled themselves with rich food and desserts. The 
human body cannot take such a shock. I would 
suggest that you break your fast with soup, salad, 
or a light sandwich. When you break your fast, 
make sure that you begin your meal with a prayer 
of thanksgiving to God for the food. You should eat 
your meal with the same attitude with which you 
fasted. Just as you abstained from food to the glory 
of God, now you should eat to the glorv of God (I 
Cor. 10:31). 

Now that you have fasted, you must get up off 
your knees and go to work for Jesus Christ. It is 
one thing to withhold yourself from food: it is 
another thing to give yourself in dedicated service. 
Fasting should lead to soul-winning. Sunday 
school teaching, sacrificial giving of your money, 
or some other form of service to the Lord. The 
proof of your fasting is measured by the energy of 
your service after you break your fast. 

Fasting has not been a popular subject. As a 
matter of fact, very little has been written about 
it. I believe it is vital that Christians learn to fast 
and pray. But let me warn you against making 
fasting the most important emphasis of 3 r our 
Christian life. I have found that when truth has 
been neglected and later rediscovered, most peo- 
ple overemphasize it. Let us not be guilty of doing 
that. It will probably not hurt any of us to fast for 

one day. Doctors will agree that one day of fasting 
will not harm the normal, healthy individual. 

I recommend fasting to bring the body into sub- 
mission. The key to spiritual victory is self-control. 
I do not feel that fasting is just giving up food. Ac- 
tually, it is a matter of emphasis. We are giving over 
to prayer and seeking the face of God. Since the 
Bible tells us to. "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and make not provision for the flesh" (Rom. 13:14). 

I feel that fasting is making sure that we have our 
priorities in order. My prayer is that God will help 
you learn the benefits of fasting. B 

Fasting should lead to 

Suggested verses to memorize while fasting: 

II Chronicles 7:14: Psalm 69:10: Matthew 6:33: Joel 
2:12, 13: Matthew 17:21. Isaiah 58:6. 

Suggested passages to read while fasting: 

Isaiah 58:1-14. Matthew 17:1-21: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11: 
Daniel 1:21; Esther 1-10: Psalm 51: John 21:1-21. 

Excerpts reprinted by permission of the Old Time 
Gospel Hour. Lynchburg. Virginia. 

:RALD/ September 15, 1987 



The Deadly Sin 

by Paul Devries 

Unbelief is hazardous to your health, 
but doubt can give you hope. 

Sloth, greed, anger, lust, gluttony, envy, and 
pride: these are the infamous seven deadly sins. 
But unbelief is not even on this venerable list of 
our vulnerabilities. Why? Perhaps because it is the 
deadly sin. 

Other sins -- including the seven lethal ones - 
are often expressions of unbelief. Jesus himself 
considers the failure to believe in him the primary 
sin (John 16:9). The author of the letter to the 
Hebrews strongly warns against unbelief so that 
we will not fall away from the living God (Hebrews 
3:7-19). John calls unbelief an affront to God 
because it makes God a liar (I John 5:10). And the 
apostle Paul concludes his discussion of Christian 
conscience with a warning that whatever is done 
as an expression of unbelief is sin (Romans 14). 
Clearly, unbelief is hazardous to your health. 

By contrast, I know of no biblical passage where 
we are even warned against doubt. Perhaps this 
is because doubt and belief are compatible, and 
because there is no slippery slope from doubt to 
unbelief. Actually, as odd as this may sound, I 
think that doubt is not a hazard to vital Christian 
faith. Rather, some sincere doubt is necessary to 
sustain the vitality of the Christian walk. 

Here is the difference: Doubt is the act of ques- 
tioning, the expression of uncertainty. Doubt is the 
humility of a mind asking real questions and seek- 
ing real solutions. Surely one can believe and ques- 
tion at the same time. In fact, if we did not believe 
we would not question. In contrast, unbelief is the 
"uncola" of faith. In its biblical usage, "unbelief 
always connotes stubborn resistance, disobe- 
dience, and rebellion. In short, doubt is the sincere 
question, but unbelief is the unwillingness to hear 
the answer. 

In fact, doubt, far from itself being unbelief, can 
help us avoid some of the more pernicious forms 
of unbelief. I will draw from some personal 
examples, because doubt has been a faithful 
companion and pesky gadfly throughout my own 
difficult pilgrimage. 

Formaldehyde Faith 

A while ago a large church invited me to preach 
the Sunday morning sermon. The only people who 

knew me were out of town that weekend, so I was 
on my own. I came early enough for Sunday school, 
and some very pleasant people introduced me to an 
adult class as a "visitor" - without anyone recogniz- 
ing my name as the preacher for the morning ser- 
vice. The people in the class were certainly cordial. 
I was glad to be there. 

But during the lesson, everything the teacher 
taught, and all the answers to his contrived ques- 
tions, seemed comfortably canned. So, attempting 
to encourage these good Christians to think and 
speak from real conviction, I began to ask questions 
- gently, politely, and as unobtrusively as I could: 

"Why is that really important?" 

"Why do you believe this?" 

"What difference does that make?" 

The effect was dramatic. My goal of stimulating 
these Christians to express themselves with genuine 
feeling was a sudden success, far beyond my 
greatest hope. In fact, the emotional thermostat 
moved up from cool, and well past lukewarm, to hot. 
And these Christians immediately became critical 
of me, questioning whether I was a Christian and 
objecting to me as an outsider trying to disrupt their 

A few minutes later, when I walked out on the 
sanctuary platform at the beginning of the worship 
service, I could immediately recognize members of 
that class in the congregation: they were the ones 
with their mouths locked in a dumbstruck pose! 

In two important senses, these brothers and 
sisters were suffering from unbelief. First of all, they 
showed such littie confidence in their own faith that 
they were easily threatened by an unknown brother 
who asked simple questions. And, just as important, 
these people lacked passion. They were so comfort- 
able with the mouthing of a set of faith formulas that 
they were thrown off track when I interrupted their 

This is the kind of unbelief I call formaldehyde 
faith. On Sunday morning and various other occa- 
sions it is so easy for us to scamper into our posi- 
tions within the glass museum cases of "church- 
ianity" that passionate faith becomes unnecessary. 
Because of our overemphasis on being display items 
to the world, we constantly run the risk of becom- 
ing and producing "plastic-perfect" people. 



How can we free ourselves from the unbelief of 
formaldehyde faith? For one thing, by developing 
an active, questioning mind. We all agree that 
"Jesus is the answer." But that profession becomes 
absurdly false when we fail to entertain serious 
questions. And by those I mean questions that re- 
quire more than intellectual rigor, that require per- 
sonal openness and discovery. An important 
symptom of the Pharisees' unbelief was the dearth 
of serious questioning and doubting. Most of their 
beliefs were absolutely correct, but the Pharisees 
nevertheless remained in the posture of unbelief 
because they would not seriously question their 
own interpretations nor openly seek what God was 
doing right before their eyes. 

Unbelief is a state of being. It is neither a single 
question nor even a dogged doubt. Unbelief is the 
condition of being closed, out of touch with God 
-- even when that very closedness is a plastic- 
perfect profession of evangelical faith. This may be 
the most dangerous form of unbelief for us. 

Intellectual Disdain 

The second form of unbelief I call intellectual 
disdain. It is generated by a type of "unbelievabili- 
ty criterion." Presently this often takes the form 
of an unbelieving attitude toward miracles, for ex- 
ample, simply because miracles violate our own 
conceptions of natural law. This unbelief is not 
merely a doubt about the historicity of some event, 
but a blanket assertion that the event would be im- 
possible at any time. 

Now, to circumscribe God's work on the basis of 
our own constantly revised -- and always limited 
~ descriptions of the "laws of nature" is perhaps 
the very height of sinful pride and arrogance. The 
history of natural science and a knowledge of its 
limited focus has helped me to doubt whether our 
own understanding of natural events could ever be 
complete and absolute. This doubt helps protect 
me from the unbelief of intellectual disdain. 

Nevertheless, most of us probably have at one 
time or another - doubted the historic reality of 
even the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This incredi- 
ble event powerfully shatters our deeply 
entrenched expectations of the sovereignty of 
natural processes, our fear of death, and our 
despair of hope. If the Resurrection took the 
disciples totally by surprise, surely we ourselves, 
so saturated with scientific values, must react 
honestly with shock and doubt. Otherwise we 
would not understand the point of the empty 
tomb; otherwise we would not comprehend that 
the gospel is still news -- good news! 

Unbelief leaves no room for the Easter surprise. 
It refuses the possibility that dead bodies rise to 
new life. In contrast, doubt is the hopeful symp- 
tom that the renewing of our minds is not only 
necessary, but is also possible. 

Dashed Hope 

The third kind of unbelief, dashed hope, is the flip 
side of intellectual disdain. Paradoxically, while the 
unbelief in miracles may be rather strong, of roughly 
equal strength is the common human desire for 
miracles. Some of my earliest memories concern 
earnest prayer that God would magically undo the 
effects of some misdeed of mine - or at least that 
God would cause all to forget the guilty party. 

"God, please make Daddy forget who broke the 

"Dear Father, please make the tomato plants 
that I pulled up grow back. I was just trying to help 
Mommy weed the garden." 

Of course, many of our prayers are not nearly so 
trivial. As a teenager, I prayed earnestly for the 
healing of a dear cousin, and I believed that God 
could heal her. Her death left me angry, frustrated, 
and spiritually crushed. Since then, I have been 
angry at God repeatedly. There are so many 
"good" things he does not do. Even worse, there 
is so much wrong that he seems to endorse by vir- 
tue of his letting it happen. 

I realize that this anger expresses my doubts 
that God is running the world the best that he can. 
However, as the "all-knowing One," God knows my 
doubts anyway. Am I not better off expressing 
them honestly, openly? After all, he surely is big 
enough to take my complaints. Moreover, if our 
friendship is not strong enough for me to express 
my doubts and concerns honestly, that friendship 
is already on shaky ground. 

Perhaps this is why the Holy Scripture includes 
many psalms of anger, encouraging us to sing out 
our doubts and disappointments. The scriptural 
expressions of anguished doubt encourage my 
faith, for they teach me that God is there and that 
he cares to listen. By contrast, in a state of unbelief 
our anger would be completely pointless and ab- 
surd. But if I do not sincerely express my doubts 
to God in the frequent pains and disappointments 
of my life, how can I say that I believe he is all- 
loving, all-knowing, and all-powerful? 

Pain and disappointment often lead me to a sense 
of utter loneliness, abandonment, a kind of existen- 
tial alienation. As a result, one of my favorite psalms 
of anger is Psalm 22. In the loneliness of suffering 
I sometimes feel like crying out the first line of that 
psalm: "My God, my God, why have you deserted 
me?" I find it helpful to express those words open- 
ly, as a reminder that even in that lonely experience 
God participates with me. 

Sometimes I even turn to look for Jesus and let 
him remind me, "I am with you in your loneliness, 
because I have drunk deeply of the same 
anguished doubt." This does not take the pain 
away. But it does give my pain significance and 
provides me with an unexplainable peace. Unbelief 
would leave me lost. 

RALD/ September 15, 1987 



Comfortable Numbness 

Perhaps the most difficult challenge of unbelief hit 
me when I was 19 years old. I was involved in a large 
evangelical church, so involved, in fact, that I 
became the chairman of the Outreach Committee 
for a church of over 2,000 members even at such 
a young age. I was a certified believer of the 
evangelical faith, and I sought to live by its moral 

Nevertheless, something began to bug me. It 
struck me that we could continue to do our church 
work, preach, try to obey the Scriptures, and even 
"win people to Christ," whether or not Christ was 
in our enterprise at all. The only saving factor would 
be if we were, on a personal dimension, aware of the 
presence of the living Christ. 

My problem was that I did not experience the liv- 
ing Christ. In evangelistic work, I professed that I 
had this personal awareness of his presence. But I 
lied. It wasn't there. Perhaps he was there in my 
work, but I did not know him. I did not even know 
what to look for in order to recognize him. So I 
began watching others. And I also began to doubt 
seriously whether anyone I knew had the personal 
relationship to Christ that we professed. 

I decided to go right to the top. I made an appoint- 
ment with our senior pastor and explained my pro- 
blem. However, before he had a chance to give me 
any comforting or cajoling commentary, I wanted 
to know if he had what I lacked. I looked him in the 
eye and asked him if he had the personal experience 
of Christ that he preached. 

He swallowed and quietly admitted, "No." He was 
in the same condition I was in. I went to another 
pastor whom I greatly respected, and with the same 
results. Could it be that we ourselves were so 
involved in our own lukewarm activities and 
religious professions that we did not hear our own 
Savior gently knocking on the outside of our 
Laodicean church doors (Rev. 3:20)? 

What gave me hope in that situation was doubt. 
I doubted that this formal profession of faith was all 
God had for me, for us. And what gave me doubt 
was hope. I doubted that my knowledge was the ex- 
tent of Christian faith because I sincerely hoped that 
there was more. Still believing the Bible, I asked 
questions. I knocked, hoping the doors would open: 
I sought, hoping that I would find. Strangely, I would 
not have asked, knocked, or even sought, if I had not 

I am finding and receiving, and the doors are 
being opened. Throughout my rough-and-tumble 
pilgrimage of the last several years, I have discovered 
ways of being open to the presence of Christ- 
especially through the practiced disciplines of 
meditation and service. Such spiritual disciplines 
have helped me to see Christ, just as anyone needs 
scientific training to make scientific observations. All 
mature perceptual experiences require training of 

some kind. It even took extended training for us as 
children to begin to recognize the basic colors and 
the letters of the alphabet. 

Now let me say this bluntly: The comfortable 
numbness with which my former pastor and, I 
think, many other Christians publicly profess what 
they do not have and promote what they do not 
know is an insidious and deceitful form of unbelief. 
It is deadly, but also amazingly attractive. You see, 
as long as we claim to have the truth and live by 
right general standards, our lives can be comfortably 
consistent and coherent - and all perfectly within 
our own control. We can avoid the suffering of Christ 
as well as the daily surprises of his instruction. We 
can also miss the incomparable power of his 
presence and the authentic light of his Truth. 

Comfortable numbness is an insidious form of 
unbelief. The walls of theological security with 
which we seek to insulate ourselves from doubt can 
become the very fortress of unbelief that makes us 
comfortably numb to the living Christ. Biblical, 
evangelical faith requires us to doubt the com- 
pleteness of our best religious understandings long 
enough to await still eagerly the frequent Easter 
morning surprises from the one who has called 
himself the "I Will Be What I Will be" (Exod. 3:14). 

Constructive Doubt 

We can summarize how doubt can be construc- 
tive in three ways: 

First, we "see through a glass darkly" (I Cor. 
13:12). We can see - we can, to an extent, even see 
Christ himself. But what we see is always clouded 
by our finitude and our fallibility, our stupidity and 
our sin. Consequently, we must doubt. "We see 
through a glass darkly," but we have no excuse for 
failing to strain to see what we can through the 
glass. We must seek in order that we can find. We 
must believe in order that we can know. Unbelief has 
no place for us. 

Second, whatever we know in this life we "know 
only in part" (I Cor. 13:12). Humility of mind must 
characterize our most enthusiastic professions of 
faith. The power of God's Word does not depend on 
our personal assertions. Let us act and speak both 
in the humility of self and in the authority of God's 

Third, let us be so honestly enticed by our doubts 
that we are increasingly hungry for the Truth, the 
whole Truth, and nothing but him, so hungry that 
we will earnestly pray for the time when we will 
know him as well as he knows us (I Cor. 13:12). And 
this hunger excludes unbelief. 

Paul DeVries is associate professor of philosophy 
and coordinator of general education at Wheaton 
College. His articles have been published in The 
Christian Scholar's Review and The Journal of 
Business Ethics. 

Reprinted with permission, Christianity Tbday, 1987. 


HERALD/ September 15, IS 


by Warren W. Wiersbe 

The December 1987, January and February 1988 
Brethren Adult Series will feature the book Be 
Dynamic by Warren W. Wiersbe. Help your 
Sunday School class learn from the book of Acts 
through this Bible Study. 

Power is the word that best describes the 
Christians in the Book of Acts. They were a 
dynamic people in a dynamic church . . . and 
what they said and did changed their world. 
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Basketball has been a big part of Joe Graham's 
life. He might tell you about being recruited by the 
Naval Academy, where he could have played with 
7'1" player of the year David Robinson, or how he 
could be headed for Brown University Law School, 
or how he almost transferred to Taylor University, 
the school that ended the Grace Lancers' season. He 
might, but probably not. Most importantly, he'd tell 
you how basketball has brought him closer to the 

Joe Graham is a senior at Grace College. At 6'7", 
he has been the center-forward for the Lancer 
basketball team for three years, leading them to 
three of their six straight Mid-Central Conference 
crowns and earning player of the year three times 
and NAIA All-District 21. He was also recently 
honored as the recipient of the Murchison Award as 
the top Christian college basketball player in the 
nation. It's been at Grace that Joe has seen the love 
of other believers and the blessings of God. 

Growing up in a Christian home, Joe knew all the 
answers. The youngest of five children, he learned 
a lot from his mom. She was a Christian 13 years 
before his father accepted Christ, and she took him 
to church. "I did a lot just to keep my mom happy." 
Joe realized later. But it was at Lafayette College his 
freshman year Joe saw how much he needed God. 

"All through my high school years I was really 
fooling myself. At Lafayette I was real successful as 
far as basketball and worldly standards, but I still 
wasn't happy, and I just couldn't figure it out. I still 
knew all the right answers, but I had never intern- 
alized it." 

Lafayette seemed to have everything Joe wanted. 
It fulfilled his dream of playing at a division one 
school, it was good academically, it was relatively 
close to his New Haven, Indiana home, located in 
Easton, Pennsylvania, and he was guaranteed to get 
into law school after graduation. He started his first 
game as a freshman in front of 14,000 fans against 
Virginia, an eventual Final Four team. "It was so 
much fun; it was everything I had ever dreamed 
about." But things quickly changed. When he 
visited the campus, the coaches knew he was a 
Christian, so they kept him away from the parties. 
However, his next door neighbor was a drug dealer, 
and Joe was soon exposed to a different world. "It 

by Brian Weaver 

became normal for me to watch people snort coke, 
and that really scared me. When I first saw it, I was 
almost in tears because I was afraid. Through a 
semester it had become common to me, and I was 
afraid that if it became too common I might want 
to do it." 

His dreams and assured future success weren't 
worth the fear and confusion. Joe's brother, Brad, 
came to visit, and a good friend called "only by the 
Lord's doing." After some long talks, he decided to 
leave. He went home, took time to straighten out his 
life, and he finally accepted Christ as personal 
Savior. Joe admitted, "I think I realized at Lafayette 
that basketball wasn't going to satisfy me. It was at 
that point I decided, 'Lord, I'm gonna serve you and 
not basketball.' I had everything I wanted and still 
wasn't happy. That's why I left." 

Brad Graham was attending Grace, and Joe had 
been recruited by Coach Jim Kessler, so he trans- 
ferred to Grace after only one semester at Lafayette. 
His plan was to get some discipline in his life, 
transfer to a junior college and eventually play divi- 
sion one ball again. It was a big adjustment for Joe. 
His first night he came in an hour after the then 
10:30 curfew, but his Resident Advisor John Boal, 
a basketball player, was understanding and took 
time to explain things. Joe soon realized there was 
a difference at Grace. "The players on the team real- 
ly showed care towards me." People were the only 
reason he decided to stay. 

Joe has been involved in other activities during 
his years at Grace. He's taught fourth, fifth, and sixth 
grade Sunday school at the church he attends, 
earned a role in the campus production "The Mad- 
woman of Chaillot," serves as a Resident Advisor for 
a campus dorm, and speaks for area Fellowship of 
Christian Athletes meetings through Athletic 
Outreach. That has been the most valuable activity 
outside of basketball for Joe. Preparing to speak has 
provided for a lot of growth steps in his life and has 
sharpened him to the point that he feels he has the 
ability to work with youth. Joe will tell you, "My 
whole perspective has changed. Now my interest is 
in the ministry. I think Grace College has had so 
much to do with that." 

Joe has realized that a changed life is more 
important than a degree. He spent last summer 


HERALD/ September 15, 1« 


Joe Graham leading a Bible class at the Navajo Mission. 

traveling over 11,000 miles with a friend. Chipp 
Krumm. and members of the Lancer basketball 
program. He and Chipp traveled to Grace Brethren 
Churches all over the West, speaking to High 
school and junior high youth on the theme of com- 
mitment. The high point of Joe's summer was at 
| Clear Lake Camp in the Cascade Mountains near 
I Yakima, Washington, where they spent three 
I weeks away from civilization with Grace Brethren 
I youth. "That was a great time of growth for me. 
Everyone talks about how you really need pain to 
grow, and I think that's a very valid statement. But 
[ I think that people neglect the fact that you can 
igrow through the joy that God gives you, too." 

After that trip, Joe, five other Lancer basketball 

players, Coach Jim Kessler, and team chaplain Dr. 

(Skip Forbes drove to the Grace Brethren Navajo 

(Mission to conduct a basketball camp. While there. 

they were able to use athletics as a medium for the 

I gospel. "We got to see one kid accept the Lord. If 

I knew for a fact that if I drove 4000 miles someone 

(would accept the Lord, I bet I'd do it." That sum- 

imer was one of the highlights of Joe's life. 

The time spent with Coach Jim Kessler has also 
been a highlight. He has been one of the few peo- 
ple in Joe's life that hasn't been afraid to confront 
him. In Joe's eyes, Coach K is a quality guy. "It's 
lla lot because of him that I stayed (at Grace), too. 
Coach cares not only that I'm a good basketball 
player, but that my grades are good and spirit- 

ually I'm doing good. I love Coach to death: I would 
never trade those years with Coach." 

Joe Graham has realized that his days of play- 
ing interscholastic basketball are over, but he has 
few regrets for the choices he's made. "Sometimes 
I really wish I could have been a mature enough 
Christian and still be able to play at a division one 
school." Yet. he believes that God blessed him for 
choosing Grace by allowing him to receive the 
Murchison Award. "My stats were nowhere near 
the best in the country for Christian college players 
(18 points, 8 rebounds per game), but the Lord saw 
his way. That sure makes me feel like the Lord is 
saying, Joe, I'm glad you've done that and here's 
a reward.'" 

Right now Joe's plans are to work with the Simi 
Valley, California GBC youth group this summer 
and finish his last semester of college in the fall. 
He also hopes to take some seminary classes and 
serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Lancers. 
The years that lie ahead are open to God's leading. 
Whether it's a youth pastor, senior pastor, or 
evangelist. Joe knows one thing for certain. 
"There's no way I would ever trade what I have 
here. The reward for giving time to the Lord is un- 
matched." D 

Brian Weaver is a junior at Grace College and is from 
Jeromesville, Ohio. He submitted this article as ar: 
assignment for Journalism class. 

QliALD/ September 15, 1987 



God's Protective Hand 

Eddie and Linda Mensinger, missionaries to the Central African 
Republic, have encountered numerous trials during their years of 
service, but on June 6 they were faced with an ordeal from which 
only God could protect them. Here is Linda Mensinger's story: 

It was June 6th at Kwada Lake 
in Zaire and we had just been to 
our daughter Suzie's graduation 
the night before. We decided to 
spend a few days at a cottage on 
the lake to unwind before we 
came home to the States. 

The next morning, Eddie 
stepped out on the front porch to 
admire the lake; the haze and fog 
are so pretty in the morning. He 
didn't look down, but apparent- 
ly a snake was up there on the 
porch sunning itself and Eddie 
startled it. It lunged toward him 
and bit him right beside the lit- 
tle toe. He let out a war whoop 
and screamed, "There is a snake 
out here and it bit me!" 

I quickly ran to the door and 
saw what appeared to be a 
ferocious snake, head up and 
ready to strike the nearest mov- 
ing object. 

I threw Eddie a broom, the on- 
ly thing that was handy in the 
cottage and grabbed a dishtowel 
to make a tourniquet. By the 
time I got back, the snake was 
somewhere beneath a picnic 
table in the front yard. ifc. 

We called the guard toW^^ 
get him to kill it, but he jusffsat 
there and stared at the picnic 
table for ten minutes. The snake 
didn't come back. 

I put the tourniquet on Eddie's 
leg and sent Suzie over to tell a 
couple who had a car that we 
needed to go to the hospital, 
because her dad had been bitten 
by a snake. 

She came back and informed 
me that they had a dead battery 
in their car, but they were work- 
ing on it. 

I knew that for most snakebites 
out there you have maybe an hour 
to get help. The drive into the 
hospital was just about an hour. 
I began to get very anxious, 
because I knew that it was pro- 
bably a green mamba that had 
bitten him. They are extremely 
dangerous. Twenty more minutes 
passed . . . The whole time I was 
pleading with the Lord to please 
make that car start. It ws begin- 
ning to look extremely desperate. 
Vj walked over to the car and 
made a few suggestions. The cou- 
ple had been in Africa for a 
number of years, but in a big city. 
I don't think they had dealt with 
cars that didn't start and that was 
old hat for us. Finally the lady 
said. "Would you like to do it?" 

"Yes!" was my quick reply. I got 

Dr. Leo started an intravenous 
drip and four ampules of snake 
serum as quickly as he could get 
it into Eddie. After an hour or so, 
the symptoms began to subside 
and the difficulties in swallowing 
went away. The doctor said that it 
was still possible that the snake 
serum could rise above the an- 
tivenin, so I had to wake him up 
three times during the night to 
make sure he didn't go into a 
coma. He didn't. 

Dr. Leo said to watch out for the 
next 10 days to two weeks for a 
serum sickness that comes fairly 
frequently after such large doses. 
We passed the 10 day mark with- 
out any problems. However, exact- 
ly two weeks from the day the 
snake had bitten him, Eddie be- 
gan developing one terrible head- 
ache that never went away. By this 

in, discovered where third gear . . 

was, took a different track, andthe tim ivr m,i huk '" " K Ub 

car started right away. We made it 

to the hospital in 45 minutes 

By the time we left, Eddie was 
having numbness around his 
mouth. I knew that was a sign 
that the poison was getting into 

his blood system. >^fhake and he listened to the story 

As we were driving to the ^j said - Tm gfraid he be 

hospital, i began thinking of the having the beginnings of a stroke ." 

I had tried every pain medicine 
I could get my hands on and 
nothing was helping, so we took 
him to a medi-center in Yakima, 
Washington. The doctor checked 
his blood pressure and it was very 
high. I told him all about the 

times that our medical work in 
the C.A.R. was out of serum. I 
began to pray again that they 
would have a sufficient amount. 
We got into Karawa and found 
Leo Lanoir, a mission doctor who 
is a specialist in snakebites. He got 
Eddie into a hospital bed and 
wrapped his leg with an ace band- 
age. By this time he was having 
soreness around his eyes, double 
vision and difficulty in 


He was even afraid that a blood 
vessel might be oozing into the 
frontal lobe of the brain. 

He had a CAT scan done, but 
that came back negative. Dr. Leo 
gave us some strong pain 
medicine which took the edge off 
the headaches. They began to 
subside and then disappeared 
completely. Fortunately the only 
thing we have left to tell is a good 
story. Praise God for His protective 


HERALD/ September 15, ISf 


Significant Statistics 

• Since GBFM was born in 1900, 415 people have 
served as missionaries (not including T.I.M.E. workers). 
There are presently 188 in the missions family. 

• The Brethren Fellowship is sending one missionary 
for every two churches (162 active missionaries/324 

• Membership in the Grace Brethren Churches 
overseas is three times that of stateside membership. 

• Since 1900, GBFM has sent missionaries to 16 coun- 
tries: Persia (Iran) 1903; Canada 1903; Argentina 1909; 
C.A.R. 1919; China 1923; Brazil 1949; France 1951; 
Mexico 1951; Hawaii 1953; Puerto Rico 1958; Germany 
1969; Chad 1969; England 1982; Japan 1984; Philip- 
pines 1984; Spain 1984. 

• There are seven missionary children who have 
become missionaries: Wilma Bailey, Lynn Hoyt, Jim 
Hocking, Terry Julien, Ed Miller II, and Tom Peters. 

• There are seven "preacher's kids" on the mission 
field: Larry DeArmey, Tim Farner, Dave Griffith, Dave 
Guiles, Susie Hobert, Rachel Jackson, and Amy 

Progress Report 

Despite tremendous progress in building the addition 
on the Chateau of St. Albain in France, the project is 
not yet complete. 

Says Larry DeArmey, France Field Superintendent, 
"We still need the help of a plumber, an electrician, a 
tile layer and stone masons." 

The Europe team hopes to complete the inside work 
before October 30 when the Pastoral Institute for World 
Missions is scheduled to begin. 

A Toothache 
is Something to be Endured 

For many people living in rural Central Africa, a 
toothache is something to be endured. Dental care is 
considered a luxury; it is either too expensive or too dif- 
ficult to obtain. To respond to this need, GBFM has 
reopened a dental ministry in the Central African 
Republic with the goal of providing compassionate care 
in a Christian environment. 

Since 1985, Dr. David Daugherty has been working 
at the Boguila Dental Center. Here, three nurses have 
been trained to provide care for the common dental pro- 
blems of most Africans. Presently, these men, Etienne, 
Marc and Daniel operate dental clinics at Yaloke, Bata 
and Boguila. As patients come to them for care, this pro- 
vides opportunity to share God's love and witness for 

Frequent trips are made 
by a dental team to twenty 
mission dispensaries lo- 
cated in rural areas. Permis- 
sion has also been granted 
to treat patients in several 
government hospitals 
where there are no dental 
facilities or trained person- 
nel. This philosophy of tak- 
ing dentistry to the people 
has necessitated research- 
ing ways to creatively pack 
a dental office "into a suit- 
case." For example, use is 
being made of solar and 12 volt systems. Future plans 
for this program include the possibility of visiting prisons 
and orphanages to minister to physical needs, but also 
to share the Good News about God's remedy for man's 
spiritual malady. 

Closed Door Opening 

Two years ago, an attempt by the missionary team 
in Aalen, West Germany to conduct a one-week 

HlRALD/ September 15, 1987 



children's Bible club was met with a cold and negative 
response. A respected individual in the town had 
warned parents not to let their children attend the 
meetings. The only two children who attended the first 
two days were not allowed to finish out the week. 

However, during a recent two-month program of 
weekly children's Bible club meetings, God has brought 
entirely different results with an average of 14 children 
coming for two hours of singing, games, stories and 
crafts. Many of the parents have been contacted and 
have expressed appreciation that such a program is be- 
ing offered for their children. 


"If you are interested in 
studying the Book of 
John, call 85-58-32-50." 
was an advertisement placed in a regional newspaper 
in Montceau-les-Mines, France by GBFM missionary 
Dave Hobert. As a result, several people called and a 
Bible study has begun in the nearby city of 

The Hobert Family 

God is 

"Yes, Japan is a hard 
mission field in the eyes 
of man, but God knows 
how He will call, and who 
He will call to Himself. All we need to do is be faithful," 
says Cecil O'Dell, missionary to Japan. 

And He has been faithful. In the last several months, 
there have been three new Japanese converts in Tokyo 
and Karuizawa. 

How Beautiful 

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad 
tidings of good things." Some individuals in Mohringen, 
West Germany might add, "how beautiful are the 

They belong to the Deaf Christian Fellowship, a thriv- 
ing group of Christians who meet weekly in Aalen to 
study the Bible. In recent weeks, thirteen individuals in 
the group were baptized. 

Says Dave Manduka, missionary to West Germany, 
"They travel from all over Germany to attend the 

GBFM Planting in Portugal 

"Portugal, a country which has been closed to any 
religion, but Catholicism until recently, has an open door 
for the gospel now and we need to take advantage of 
that," says Jack Zielasko, GBFM's first missionary ap- 
pointee to Portugal. 

Population figures have reached 10 million in Por- 
tugal; only 123 are missionaries. 

Jean and Jack Zielasko 

Jack, who was General Director of GBFM for 20 years 
and a missionary in Brazil for 14 years, and his wife, 


HERALD/ September 15, 1 


I Jean, will accompany Roger Peugh, Area Director of 
GBFM in Europe, to Portugal on February 29, 1988 to 
complete a field survey and to determine where to begin 
GBFM's initial church planting efforts in that country. 

Going to the Fair! 

After continually being refused permission to set up a 
booth at the local marketplace in Le Creusot, France 
because they would be operating a Christian bookstand, 
the GBFM missionary team was given permission recent- 
ly to have a booth at a more prestigious event, the Foire 
de Creusot (Fair of Creusot), a well-known and well- 
attended (50,000 people attend every year) industrial fair 
which will be held September 17-27. 

Says missionary Dave Griffith, "It will give us high 
visibility and credibility in the community, plus give us an 
opportunity to make new contacts." 

The missionary team is especially excited because 
Norbert, a French believer, has a real heart for this 
ministry and might want to continue doing it in the future. 

Camps in Mexico 

"Brrrrr ... it was cold last night," is the usual morning 
comment of individuals who attend one of the family, 
I youth or singles camps held by GBFM missionaries dur- 
ing the months of July and August in Tecate, Mexico. 
i Summer temperatures range from the 30's at night to an 
[average of 100 degrees during the day. However, these 
I blistering, then chilling temperatures do not seem to af- 
ifect the Mexicans' desire to study the Bible. 

"Building Family Relationships" was the theme of the 
(family camp held July 19-25 in which six children ac- 
cepted Christ as their Savior. 

"Knowing God" was the theme of youth camp. Mis- 
jsionaries chose that theme because they feel the young 
j people know a lot about the Bible, yet sensed a need for 
ithem to really know God. 

Adolescent Camps, usually held the second week in 
^August, are like camps in the United States. There are 
(competitions, dramas, songs, and scripture memorization. 
aTheir tents are also checked for cleanliness and neatness. 
| Why have camps? It is a great way for non-Christians 
!p come to know Christ as Savior and for Christians to 
j grow in their relationship with God. 

Making Progress 

What is purported to be Spain's first Christian Book 
Store, was born in an obscure street of Barcelona, Spain, 
under the scrutiny of the government and the watchful 
eye of the State Church. Today, over a quarter of a century 
later, this Christian book store, along with several other 
stores of like ministry, enjoy the benefits of religious 
freedom granted by Spain's new democratic constitution. 

The once "banned book" in Spain, is today advertised 
in full newspaper ads, sold in commercial book stores and 
displayed in modern shopping centers. More uniquely, this 
book (Bible) is today openly taught and preached to a 
growing number of Spaniards at the Grace Brethren Wor- 
ship Center in Valencia (a city of a million people). 

News Briefs 

• "Believers in GBC churches in France have deemed 
1987-88 The Year of Evangelism," says Larry DeArmey, 
France Field Superintendent. 

In an effort to reorient themselves to achieve their 
original dream of making the gospel known in France, 
leaders are encouraging each church to plan its own 
evangelism and fellowship strategy with an empahsis on 
personal evangelism strategy. 

• Karen Daugherty, missionary to the Central African 
Republic defended her doctoral dissertation at Ohio State 
University recently. Her subject: Oral Behavior and Beliefs 
Amoung the Peoples of Central Africa. 

• Reaching youth is the new evangelical thrust of Stan 
and Betty Nairn and Alice Peacock, GB missionaries and 
their international ministry team in Quilmes Oueste, 

Says Stan, "We're concentrating on reaching the youth 
of the area while not forgetting the older ones. Youth are 
more open to change. They really don't care what the 
neighbors think. They are the future." 

The leadership team consists of one Mexican, one 
Colombian and two Argentines, all of whom are involved 
in a Bible Club ministry, visitation and discipleship. 
Benjamin Navarro, an Argentine, is working closely with 
Stan as a pastor in training. 

IIIIALD/ September 15, 1987 




WHITED: Denise Chester and 
Vaughan Whited. July 11, at the 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Ankenytown, OH. Carl Miller, pastor. 

The following marriages were per- 
formed at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, CA. Richard 
Mayhue, pastor. 

AUBORN: Becky Rodriguez and 
Steve Auborn. January 3. 

BAEYENS: Susan Massey and Bob 
Baeyens. February 14. 

BAILEY: Cheryl Spurrier and Tom 
Bailey. January 30. 

BRADFORD: Sharon Lupoid and 
Chet Bradford. December 14, 1986. 

CLARK: Lisa Hatch and Sean Clark. 

January 31. 

COMER: Robin Forcier and Gary 
Comer. April 10. 

CORRIGAN: Lois Hotchkiss and 
Paul Corrigan. April 4. 

CRESWELL: Cathy McDowell and 
Randy Creswell. July 26, 1986. 

FORD: Laura Herren and Randy 
Ford. July 26, 1986. 

GRIFFITH: Ginger Means and Glen 
Griffith. August 16, 1986. 

JACKSON: Yvette Imperial and Tom 
Jackson. March 7. 

JOHNSON: Vicki Jones and Guy 
Johnson. July 12, 1986. 

KINSER: Laura Shafer and Gary 
Kinser. January 24. 

MULKO: Lili Bochko and Gus Mulko. 

December 20, 1986. 

PARIS: Ann Sharrer and James 
Paris. November 10, 1986. 

REIFMAN: Annett Satterlee and Lee 
Reifman. November 1, 1986. 

RITTENHOUSE: Kimberly Watson 
and Tom Rittenhouse. August 1, 1986. 

SHACKELFORD: Denise Belair and 
Dave Shackelford. September 27, 

SMITH: Michelle Norris and Dan 
Smith. April 11. 

TUY: Nary Hak and Phal Veasna Tuy. 

February 28. 

The following marriages were per- 
formed at the Grace Brethren 
Church of Temple Hills, MD. 
Jim Dixon, pastor. 
ANZIVINO: Rhonda Brown and 
Ralph Anzivino III. June 27. 
MANN: Deanna Fosbrook and 
Lashley Mann. June 6. 
MYERS: Therese Garapic and Bruce 
Myers. June 27. 

RAGSDALE: Norma Green and 
Michael Ragsdale. June 6. 
RYON: Ligia Antolinez and Robert 
Ryon. June 19. 

ZABIEGALSKI: Anne Hungerford 
and Neal Zabiegalski. June 27. 


BROWN, Wilton. July 5. The 
memorial service was held in the First 
Brethren Church, Philadelphia, PA. 
Mr. Brown was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Anderson, SC. 
Don Soule, pastor. 

FRAUNFELTER, Ruth. June 9. She 
was a member of the Homerville (OH) 
GBC. Robert Holmes, pastor. 

GUESSFORD, Grace. (83) July 1. She 
was a member of the GBC of 
Hagerstown, MD. Pastor Robert Dell 
officiated at the memorial service. Ray 
Davis, pastor. 

GUITTAR, Paul. (74) June 24. He was 
a lifetime member of the Canton, OH, 
GBC. Terrance Taylor, pastor. 

NEWCOMER, Dorsey. (78) July 8. He 
was a member of the GBC of 
Hagerstown, MD. Ray Davis, pastor. 

PEUGH, Harold. (74) July 9. He was 
a longtime member and served as 
moderator and elder of the Harrah 
Brethren Church. He was the father of 
Roger Peugh, missionary to Germany. 
The memorial service was officiated 
by Missionary Roger Peugh and 
Pastor Chuck Winter. 

The following deaths occurred at 
the Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, CA. Richard Mayhue, pastor. 
BASCUE, Lillian. April 22. 

BOSWELL, Curtis. September 21, 

CAMPBELL, Florence. October 13, 

HARTZELL, Elnora. October 18, 


KNOX, Sally. February 23. 

LaNOBS, Elva. June 19. 

STONE, Sam. April 27. 

VICKERS, Esther. February 1. 

The following deaths occurred at 

the Grace Brethren Church of 

Johnstown, PA. Charles Martin, 


ESCHRICH, Katherine. (79). May 24. 

HORNER, Lilla. (91). June 22. 

She and her husband had been 

married 72 years. 

JONES, Mary T. (68). November 7, 


KABLER, Myrtle Mae. (94). 

September 24, 1986. 

KEATING, Louise. (75). July 6. 

MARSH, Roy. (66). January 21, 1986. 

MILLER, Herbert E. (70). February 24. 

REDINGER, Elsie May. (86). October 
24, 1986. She and her husband served 
as deacon and deaconess for 25 
years. She was a deaconess emeritus. 
She also taught the teacher's training 
class for many years. 

REININGER, John. (69). April 3. He 
served as Chief Trustee throughout 


ROGER BARTLET, 504 Wanstead 
Way, Lexington, KY 40505. 

RUSSELL BETZ, 604 N. Main St., 
Leon, IA 50144. 

GARY CRANDALL, B.R 240, Bangui, 
Central African Republic. 

JOHN DIAZ, P.O. Box 678705, 

Orlando, FL 32867. 

ROBERT FOOTE, 2314 Emerald Dr., 

Davenport, IA 52804. 

PHIL GEGNER, 340 Canyon Dr., SJ 

Columbus, OH 43214. 

RON GUILES, 6421 Fairview Dr., Fort 
Worth, TX 76148. 

JEFF GUIMONT, 307 E. Main St., 
Flora, IN 46929. 

St., Bath, PA 18014. 
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Myerstown Announces 
New Grace Community 

Security and companionship are 
two of the key lifestyle ingredients 
offered by Grace Community, a new 
continuing care residential com- 
munity planned by Myerstown Grace 
Brethren Church in Myerstown, PA, 
for people of retirement age. Still 
there are more good reasons why in- 
dividuals of any faith may want to 
make it their new home. 

The Rev. Luke E. Kauffman, 
senior pastor, points out that retirees 
will live in a caring Christian environ- 
ment with the opportunity to par- 
ticipate in church activities, which in- 
clude concerts and other group ac- 
tivities in addition to worship ser- 
vices. Children in the church school 
will give residents the chance to 
teach, help, enjoy and even play the 
role of adopted grandparents, if they 
are so inclined. 

Unlike most retirement com- 
munities, Grace Community will be 
located in a distinctly rural setting in 
countryside typical of the PA. Dutch 
area of Pennsylvania. Yet it is easily 
accessible to all the attractions of 
nearby metropolitan centers. 

The new community, sponsored 
by the largest Grace Brethren 
Church in Pennsylvania, and third 
largest in the country, will be built 
over a period of four to five years on 
a 34-acre tract adjacent to the 
church. Pre-construction sales for 
the $25 million dollar project began 
immediately after plans were an- 
nounced in July. Groundbreaking is 
scheduled for mid 1988. 

Residents of Grace Community 
will enjoy both the independence of 
retirement home living and the 
security of nursing home care. 

In exchange for a one-time 
entrance payment and a monthly 
service fee, Grace Community will 
provide its residents with housing, a 
broad range of specified services 
and continuing health care i 


Architect's sketch of Grace Community to be built in Myerstown. 

as they stay. By spreading costs 
among a group, the community in- 
sures individual residents against 
unmanageable expenses such as 
catastrophic nursing care costs. 

A one-time entrance payment will 
range from $36,500 to $95,000, 
depending on the residence 
selected. That fee is refundable on 
a sliding scale down to one third, 
depending on length of occupancy. 

Residents will pay a monthly 
maintenance fee ranging between 
$575 and $1,200, depending on the 
size of the residence and number of 
occupants. This is a comprehensive 
charge that covers all activities and 
services rendered. 

The long range building program 
will be completed in two stages. First 
will come the residential and com- 
munity service complexes, which will 
include 146 residences, followed by 
a separate building for health care 
facilities. The initial phase will in- 
clude all the basic services including 
administrative and dietary facilities, 

laundry, linen service, library, 
lounge, barber shop, beauty salon, 
crafts shop, game room and storage. 
Grace Community, a dream of 
Rev. Kauff man's 10 years ago, will 
be operated by a non-profit corpora- 
tion, and directed by an independent 
board consisting of church elders 
and non-member businessmen with 
management experience. The ar- 
chitect, Robert L. Beers, of Lan- 
caster, PA, and general contractor, 
Horst Construction Co., New 
Holland, PA, have had extensive ex- 
perience designing and building 
facilities for senior citizens. 

Grace Alumnus 

Ivan French, associate professor 
of pastoral ministries at Grace 
Theological Seminary, has been 
named 1987 Distinguished 
Seminary Alumnus of the Year. 

French earned his Master of 
Divinity degree at Grace in 1953 and 

HERALD/ September 15, 19' 


and his Master of Theology degree 
in 1956. After serving in several 
pastorates, he joined the Grace 
Theological Seminary faculty full- 
time in 1969. In that capacity, he 
developed what was probably the 
first seminary class about prayer to 
be offered anywhere. He still 
teaches that class at Grace. 

French serves on the boards of 
the Spanish World Gospel Mission, 
International Ministries to Israel, and 
the Winona Lake Christian 
Assembly. He has authored one 
book, The Principles and Practice of 
Prayer. He is pastor of Pleasant View 
Bible Church. 

Parent's Weekend 

Mark your calendars now for 
October 16 & 17, the dates for 
Grace College's 1987 Homecom- 
ing/Parents' Weekend. Along with 

j the coronation, concert, banquet 
and sports festivities, six college 

i classes will be holding reunions. If 
you are an alumnus of the class of 

■ '57, '62, '67, 72, '77, or '82, be sure 

. to "come home" to Grace for this 
get-together with special friends! 
Call the Grace Alumni office for 
more details - 800-54-GRACE (out- 
side Indiana), 800-845-2930 (in In- 
diana), or 372-5294 (local). 

Joining Home Missions 

Two pastors have joined the Home 
i Missions family. Jim and Jinny Ken- 
? nedy have assumed leadership of 
F : the Grace Brethren Church, 
I Makakilo, Hawaii, and Charles and 
j Janice Thornton are heading up the 
I new church at Millersburg, Ohio. 

The Kennedys are no strangers to 
| the business of planting Grace 
Brethren Churches. They have suc- 
cessfully helped develop churches 
at Goshen, Indiana, and Akron, 
Ohio, and have also pastored self- 
supporting works at Canton, Ohio 
and Aiea, Hawaii. The couple has 
two sons and a daughter. 

The Thorntons began ministering 
at the Grace Brethren Church in 
Millersburg, Ohio in late August. 
They came to the northeastern Ohio 

community from Dallas Center, 
Iowa, and they have also ministered 
at churches in Galion, Ohio; 
Lanham, Maryland; Lansing, 
Michigan; and Sunnyside, 
Washington. They have five 

News Briefs 

• The Grace Brethren Church of 
Lake Odessa, Ml, celebrated their 
one hundredth anniversary on 
August 9. Former pastors, members 
and friends were invited for this 
special occasion. Dr. John J. Davis, 
president of Grace Schools, was the 
special speaker. 

• Russell Sarver has resigned the 
pastorate of the Hastings, Ml 
Grace Brethren Church. He is 
looking forward to a ministry of 
encouragement to local churches. 
He can be contacted at 2966 E. 
Center Road, Hastings, Ml 49058 
(Tel. 616/945-9224). 

• The Hastings, Ml Grace Brethren 
Church is currently looking for 
another pastor. Contact should be 
made through Darrel Hawbaker at 
705 E. State Road, Hastings, Ml 
49058 (Tel. 616/945-9219). 

Col. Tom Sizemore, Larry Burckhart 
(a local contractor), Don Simms, Bill 
Combs, and Rev. William Tweeddale. 

• The Community Grace Brethren 
Church (Suntree, CA) held a ground- 
breaking service on Pinehurst Ave. 
(on the northern boundary of Sun- 
tree) on June 28. Col. John Mansur, 
base commander for Patrick Airforce 
Base, offered the invocation; and 
William Byers, southern director of 
the Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil, brought the message. The 
service was carried out by the 
Building Committee, consisting of 

• The San Ysidro Grace Brethren 
Church, San Ysidro, California, has 
been disbanded. 

• The people of Calvary Grace 
Brethren Church located in the 
Deltona/Orange City, FL, area and the 
East Central Florida District are pray- 
ing for the Lord's guidance concern- 
ing a Grace Brethren church in the 
Eustis-Mt. Dora-Tavares area of FL. 

A Bible study group is being con- 
sidered for the months of October- 
December of 1987 If the Lord so 
leads, then Sunday services would 
begin in January of 1988. Thank you 
for praying for us. 

If you winter in the "Golden 
Triangle" and would be interested in 
attending, please let us know. If you 
are planning to move into this area, 
please get in touch. 

Contact: Mr. Bill Tugend, c/o 
Calvary Grace Brethren Church, 3165 
Howland Blvd., Deltona, Florida 


ANDERSON: Suzanne Burnell and 
Rick Anderson. June 27, at the 
Grace Brethren Church of Waterloo, 
IA. John Burke, pastor. 

BROYLES: Lisa Miller and Steve 

Broyles. June 20, at the Forest City 

Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Steve 

is a member of the Grace Brethren 

Church in Anderson, SC. Don Soule, 


DURKEE: Shawn DeGroote and 

Randy Durkee. June 6, at the Grace 

Brethren Church of Lake Odessa, Ml. 

Bill Stevens, pastor. 

HALEY: Carolyn Baker and Darren 

Haley. May 23, at the Grace Brethren 

Church of Waterloo, IA. John Bi 


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98 and 

Still Functioning 

by Charles W. Turner 

We promised to give you a 
report of the happenings of the 
98th Annual Conference of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 

So. in this issue, along with 
other information, you will get a 
glimpse into the week of August 
first. 1987. Throughout the 
magazine, different boards and 
organizations will give you some 
insights into their activities at 
Annual Conference. 

Throughout the year. National 
Conference has derived most of 
its importance as a time of 
fellowship. It is a time of gather- 
ing and greeting: a time to say 
"hello" to our friends. It is a time 
to make friends. It is a time of in- 
spiration and good fellowship. 

A famous man once put it all 
in the proper context when he 
said. "What we say here will not 
be long remembered". Not many 
conferences are remembered for 
what we said or even what we 
decided. Conference messages 
and conference decisions as a 
whole generally are placed in 
resolutions and files. Files have a 
way of being forgotten. So much 
of our words and actions await a 
historical researcher for any 
possible future life. 

However, National Conference 
is important, because a good 
Brethren of long standing atten- 
dance can generally remember 
the exact years that they missed 
the Conference. It seems like an 
important part of their lives was 
missing the years that they could 
not attend. Thev missed the 

thrill of singing the first hymn 
together with many others in the 
fellowship, that big hug from a 
friend of many years. The pastors 
gathered for fellowship and shar- 
ing mutual feelings and the 
mens and women's organiza- 
tions came together to share 
their bonding ties of love. It is all 
part of being a Brethren and it is 
not tbbe missed. 

This year's conference was one 
highlighted by fellowship and 
more of an emphasis on spiritual 
introspection. A communion ser- 
vice and "A Day with God" 
helped to set the tone for the 
week. There were no heavy deci- 
sions of controversy or dissent. 
Everyone was for everything and 
most of the votes were 99.9 per- 
cent pure -just like ivory It may 
be a new era for us all. where the 
fear of death from controversy 
will be replaced by fear of death 
from apathy. 

There were several very impor- 
tant items to be taken from the 
activities. One is the decision of 
Grace Seminary to open a West 
Coast Branch. This could be one 
of the most important events in 
many years in the Grace 
Brethren movement. It is impor- 
tant that we remember to en- 
courage this decision with our 
prayers and giving. The 
Seminary is moving on a world- 
wide scale in Africa and Europe 
as well. 

The other important continu- 
ing development is our Pension 
Program for ministers. There is 
definite progress in this vital 

program and the Brethren are to 
be commended for looking at a 
problem and coming up with a 

How could anyone fail to be 
moved in the spirit when they 
see all of the missionary can- 
didates at consecration time? 
Year after year, this is an inspira- 
tional event at National 

Well. Winona is now quiet and 
the fall and winter schedules fill 
the days. Soon, our well- 
appointed landscape will turn to 
the beautiful colors of a midwest 
community in the fall. The snow 
will later cover our bare fields 
and we will settle in for winter. To 
those who attended, there will re- 
main good thoughts and feelings 
about the National Conference at 

The 99th Conference is now 
moving into our plans and the, 
prospects of the beauty of one of 
the most modern new hotels in 
the United States will take more 
and more of our time. It is 
westward for 1988 and the desert 
area of Palm Desert in California. 
Better get the forward look, save 
your pennies and join us again 
for a Brethren Conference - with 
fellowship and good things yet 
unknown. M 

Charles W. Tltrner is the publisher of the 
Herald magazine and the general 
manager of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company in Winona Lake. IN. He 
is the author of several books. 

HERALD/ October 15, 1J 


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Tom Julien 

Karen Bartel 
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John Davis 

Joel Curry 
Home Missions 

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irry DeArmey, missionary to 
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artin of Canton. Ohio. Photograph 
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ptember Herald was taken by 
stor Jay Fretz. Grace Brethren 
lurch. Sebring. Florida. We regret 
e omission of this information in 
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2 Editorial 
98 and Still 

Charles W. TUrner 
4 Devotional 

The Harvest 

6 Devotional 
A Parable 
of Fishless 

John M. Drescher 

8 How to Help 
Comforting in 
Times of Loss 

Raeann Hart 

10 Fellowship News 

11 Christian Education 

Totally Sold Out 

12 Home Missions 


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Looking Forward 

14 WMC 


Mrs. Fred W. Devan. Jr. 

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A Day with God 

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We Are 
an Offering 

18 Foreign Missions 

News Briefs 

20 Brethren Personality 

Bill Schaffer 

Ken Herman 
11 Current Christian Issues 

School Growth 

Raeann Hart 

24 Home Missions 

Afraid to Die 

Tltlly Butler 

26 Home Missions 

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27 BEM 

People are Talking! 

Ron E. Thompson 
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As long as the earth endures, 
seedtime and harvest, 
cold and heat, 
summer and winter, 
day and night 
will never cease. 

Genesis 8:22 

We Are Fruitful through Christ 

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the 
gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears 
no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit 
he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You 
are already clean because of the word I have 
spoken to you. Remain in me. and I will remain 
in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself: it must 
remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit 
unless you remain in me. 

"I am the vine: you are the branches. If a man 
remains in me and I in him, he will bear much 
fruit: apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone 
does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is 
thrown away and withers: such branches are 
picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you 
remain in me and my words remain in you, ask 
whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This 
is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, 
showing yourselves to be my disciples." 

John 15:1-8 

The Fruit of the Spirit 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy. peace, 
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness and self-control. 

Galatians 5:22 

The Harvest is Plentiful 

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, 
teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good 
news of the kingdom and healing every disease 
and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had 
compassion on them, because they were harrassed 
and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then 
he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful 
but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the 
harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his 
harvest field." 

Matthew 9:35-38 

"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him 
who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not 
say, 'Four months more and then the harvest?' I 
tell you. open your eyes and look at the fields! They 
are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his 
wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal 
life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad 

together. Thus the saying 'One sows and another 
reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not 
worked for. Others have done the hard work, and 
you have reaped the benefits of their labor." 

John 4:34-38 

A Harvest of Righteousness 

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let 
him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the 
humility that comes from wisdom. But the 
wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure: 
then peaceloving. considerate, submissive, full of 
mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of 

James 3:13. 17-18 

A Tree and Its Fruit 

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you 
in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious 
wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do 
people pick grapes from thornbushes. or figs from 
thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit. 
but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot 
bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good 
fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut 
down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit 
you will recognize them." 

(Jesus speaking) Matthew 7:15-20 

Dear Heavenly Father, 

We thank you for your bountiful harvest. We 
thank you that we live in a country that has 
a plentiful variety of crops. We ask you for the 
insight to best share our abundance with 
others who are in need. 

Father, during this time of harvest, we 
remember that the fields full of lost souls are 
white with the harvest and the laborers are 
few. Give us the wisdom, words and will- 
ingness to plant and water the seed of your 

Lord, we know we can only bear fruit as long 
as we remain in you. Keep us in your word and 
help us to cultivate your fruit: love, joy, peace, 
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
gentleness and self-control. Lord, help us to 
bear good fruit. Send us out into your fields 
as workers for your glory. 

"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are 
few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send 
out workers into his harvest fields." 

Lukr h ' 

(All references New International \ersion) 

IRALD/ October 15, 1987 




by John M. Drescher 

Is a person a fisherman if year after year he 
never catches any fish? 

Now it came to pass that a group existed who 
called themselves fishermen. And lo, there were 
many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the 
whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes 
filled with fish. And the fish were hungry. 

Week after week, month after month, and year 
after year these who called themselves fishermen 
met in the meetings and talked about their call to 
fish, the abundance of fish, and how they might 
go about fishing. Year after year they carefully 
defined what fishing means, defended fishing as 
an occupation, and declared that fishing is always 
to be a primary task of fishermen. 

Continually they searched for new and better 
methods of fishing and for new and better defini- 
tions of fishing. Further they said, "The fishing 
industry exists by fishing as fire exists by 
burning." They loved slogans such as "Fishing is 
the task of every fisherman," "Every fisherman is 
a fisher," and "A fisherman's outpost for every 
fisherman's club." They sponsored special 
meetings called "Fishermen's Campaigns" and 
"The Month for Fishermen to Fish." They 
sponsored costly nationwide and worldwide 
congresses to discuss fishing and to promote 
fishing and hear about all the ways of fishing such 
as the new fishing equipment, fish calls, and 
whether any new bait was discovered. 

These fishermen built large, beautiful buildings 
called "Fishing Headquarters." The plea was that 

everyone should be a fisherman and every fisher- 
man should fish. One thing they didn't do, 
however; they didn't fish. 

In addition to meeting regularly, they organized 
a board to send out fishermen to other places 
where there were many fish. All the fishermen 
seemed to agree that what is needed is a board 
which could challenge fishermen to be faithful in 
fishing. The board was formed by those who had 
the great vision and courage to speak about 
fishing, to define fishing, and to promote the idea 
of fishing in faraway streams and lakes where 
many other fish of different colors lived. 

Also the board hired staffs and appointed com- 
mittees and held many meetings to define fishing, 
to defend fishing, and to decide what new streams 
should be thought about. But the staff and com- 
mittee members did not fish. 

Large, elaborate, and expensive training centers 
were built whose original and primary purpose 
was to teach fishermen how to fish. Over the years 
courses were offered on the needs of fish, the 
nature offish, where to find fish, the psychological 
reactions of fish, and how to approach and feed 
fish. Those who taught had doctorates in fishology. 
But the teachers did not fish. They only taught 
fishing. Year after year, after tedious training, 
many were graduated and were given fishing 
licenses. They were sent to do full-time fishing, 
some to distant waters which were filled with fish. 

HERALD/ October 15, 19/ 

Some spent much study and travel to learn the 
listory of fishing and to see faraway places where 
he founding fathers did great fishing in the cen- 
:uries past. They lauded the faithful fisherman of 
/ears before who handed down the idea of fishing. 

Further, the fishermen built large printing 
louses to publish fishing guides. Presses were kept 
jusy day and night to produce materials solely 
ievoted to fishing methods, equipment, and pro- 
grams to arrange and to encourage meetings to 
alk about fishing. A speakers* bureau was also 
arovided to schedule special speakers on the 
subject of fishing. 

Year after year they declared 

that fishing is always to be a 

primary task of fishermen. 

Many who felt the call to be fishermen 
"esponded. They were commissioned and sent to 
"ish. But like the fishermen back home, they never 
"ished. Like the fishermen back home, they 
mgaged in all kinds of other occupations. They 
Duilt power plants to pump water for fish and trac- 
ers to plow new waterways. They made all kinds 
if equipment to travel here and there to look at fish 
latcheries. Some also said they wanted to be part 
if the fishing party, but they felt called to furnish 
"ishing equipment. Others felt their job was to 
"elate to the fish in a good way so fish would know 
:he difference between good and bad fishermen. 
Dthers felt that simply letting the fish know they 
were nice, land-loving neighbors and how loving 
ind kind they were was enough. 

After one stirring meeting on "The Necessity for 
Fishing,'* one young fellow left the meeting and 
went fishing. The next day he reported he had 
caught two outstanding fish. He was honored for 
his excellent catch and scheduled to visit all the 
big meetings possible to tell how he did it. So he 
quit his fishing in order to have time to tell about 
the experience to the other fishermen. He was also 
placed on the Fishermen's General Board as a per- 
son having considerable experience. 

Now it's true that many of the fishermen 
sacrificed and put up with all kinds of difficulties. 
Some lived near the water and bore the smell of 
dead fish every day. They received the ridicule of 
some who made fun of their fishermen's clubs and 
the fact that they claimed to be fishermen yet 
never fished. They wondered about those who felt 
it was of little use to attend the weekly meetings 
to talk about fishing. After all, were they not 
following the Master who said, "Follow me, and I 
will make you fishers of men?" 

Imagine how hurt some were when one day a 
person suggested that those who didn't catch fish 
were really not fishermen, no matter how much 
they claimed to be. Yet it did sound correct. Is a 
person a fishermen if year after year he never 
catches a fish? Is one following if he isn't fishing? 

This article appeared first in Church Growth: America 
magazine. September-October 1978. Used by 

Mennonite pastor John M. Drescher is the author of 
Testimony of Triumph, Meditations for the Newly 
Married, What Should Parents Expect? and other 

tALD/ October 15, 1987 


Comforting in 
Times of Loss 

by Raeann Hart 

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the 
Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us 
in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with 
the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 

II Corinthians 1:3.4 (NIV) 

Sending flowers and cards and bringing food are 
traditional and thoughtful ways of offering com- 
fort to those who have lost a loved one. We can 
comfort those who have experienced a loss with 
the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 
Here are a few other suggestions: 

Be There 

Families who have lost a loved one often have a 
houseful of people in the days immediately follow- 
ing the funeral and then an abrupt desertion. Keep 
in touch with friends who have experienced a 
death. Invite the family over for a meal. Ask them 
to join you for an activity that will get them out 
of the house for a few hours. Send them cards that 
remind them that they are still in your thoughts. 

Kathy's son was killed instantly in a car accident 
a month after his sixteenth birthday. "I was so 
uplifted by the cards sent by a lady from our 
church every few weeks for months after Eric was 
killed. It helped to know someone was praying for 

When Paul died shortly after his first birthday, 
offering to help his mother pack up his clothes and 
toys was the most difficult thing I have ever offered 
to do. Instead of being painful, the day his mother 
and I spent together was a precious time. We 
reminisced about times Paul had worn a certain 
outfit or played with a special toy. We cried a lit- 
tle, but smiled even more and our fellowship in the 
Lord grew that day. Small tasks can seem insur- 
mountable to those who are mourning and the 
help of a friend can be encouraging. 

Food Gifts 

There will be days long after the funeral when 
the family will be overcome with grief and feel 

incapable of planning a meal. Gifts of food in 
disposable containers that can be frozen for later 
use will come in handy. 

Remember Special Occasions 

Mothers Day. Fathers Day, anniversaries and birth- 
days are especially difficult times. Make a special ef- 
fort to call, visit or send a card on those days. 

Do Not Assess Blame 

Well-meaning friends who try to assess blame 
or get revenge cause a great deal of pain. Our Lord 
encourages us to forgive. Forgiveness heals while 
bitterness festers. "Get rid of all bitterness, rage 
and anger . . . forgiving each other, just as in 
Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:31,32. A 
great deal of pain is caused when friends ask "Are 
you going to sue?" If legal action is required, let 
the family make that decision themselves. 

Do Not Criticize 

Individuals handle their grief in different ways. 
Accept each person in his own unique way. Be sup- 
portive of the funeral arrangements, the way they 
choose to dress at the funeral, the way they choose 
to mourn. 

Do Not Tell Them to Forget 

The memories will always be there, but the pain 
will ease. Years after her son died, a friend admits 
that she still has "memory attacks", but the pain 
has eased and memories have become precious. 
She wants to treasure her memories, not forget 
God's gifts to her through the life of her son. 


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Be a Good Listener 

Be available to listen and do 
lot be afraid to share your feel- 
ngs. Sometimes a friend just 
leeds to talk. They do not expect 
f ou to have the answers. Do not 
ivoid friends just because you do 
lot know what to say. 

God's word will not return 
oid. Share a special verse that 
las given you comfort. Read a 
'salm together. Pray with and for 
hose who have lost a loved one. 

Keep in Touch 

The best advice in helping 
ithers comes from the Apostle 
'aul. "Be joyful in hope, patient 
n affliction, faithful in prayer, 
ihare with God's people who 
ire in need. Practice hospitali- 
y." "Rejoice with those who re- 
oice: mourn with those who 
nourn." Romans 12:12,13,15. ". 

. encourage one another and 
tuild each other up ..." I 
'hessalonians 5:11 (NIV) 



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Conferees Sign Petition To 
Ronald Reagan 

Upon the suggestion of Pastor Luke Kauffman 
(Myerstown, PA), 1092 delegates and attendees of the 
National Conference of the FGBC signed a petition 
of endorsement addressed to Ronald Reagan, Presi- 
dent of the United States. Tom Julien, moderator, 
read the text of the petition during the Home 
Missions Challenge Hour on August 6. 

The petition was in response to the President's re- 
cent decision to cut government subsidies for abor- 
tion counseling. "We . . . sincerely." the petition 
reads, "and with much gratitude, applaud and en- 
dorse your position against abortion, against the in- 
dignant and immoral slaughter of one million, six 
hundred thousand unborn babies each year within 
the shores of our Country. Specifically, we wish to 
applaud your recent decision . . . cutting the tax- 
payer's funds going to support government sub- 
sidized abortion counselings. Bravo, Mr. President! 
We like to think that your action will result in the 
future appreciation and applause of millions of fellow 
Americans whose mouths would never have spoken, 
whose hands would never have clapped, were it not 
for your courage and conviction!" 

Courtesy copies of the entire petition have been 
sent to United States Senators and Representatives 
of all states represented by the delegates and 
attendees who signed the statement. 

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According to Chao, Ding also invited evangelicals 
from the West to visit China's 4000 registered 
churches now open in China, but Chao points out 
that this is the same number of churches Ding 
reported in 1985. 

Even though there is a crying need for church 
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to enroll only 600 students of the 5000 who applied 
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Thank You 
for Praying for 
Brethren National 
Youth Conference 

July 31-August 7, 1987 

Some of the hundreds of 
decisions made at BNYC: 

"I want to pray and witness to 
my best friend, Robyn. I don't 
want to fight with my mom and 
be mad at God for taking away 
my dad." 

"I want to work on my rela- 
tionship with Christ by talking 
to Him and reading His Word. 
I'm also going to talk to a friend 
who has fallen away from God." 

"I want to share my faith 
everywhere - no hesitation. I 
want to have a heavier burden 
for my unsaved friends and 

"I want to straighten out my 
relationships with my parents 
and friends." 

"I commit my life to Christian 
service in a full-time capacity in 
whatever position He would 

"I'm making a commitment to 
really try to talkfreely about my 
faith and be more of an en- 
couragement to others. I also 
want to improve my prayer life 
and my love for the lost." 

"I want to witness to Lisa and 
the guys at work. There is ab- 
solutely no reason why they 
should go to hell. I care about 
my friends and I will be a 
witness even when it means 
challenging them." 

"I am going to tell my father 
about the decision I made about 
Jesus and tell him how 
committed I am." 

"I want to stop watching soap 

"I want to dedicate my life to 
Christian work." 

Almost 1600 people attended Brethren National Youth Conference. 

"My decision is to give up 
thoughts and words which are 
unpleasing to God and to be able 
to really stand for God and my 
own beliefs." 

Backed by the prayer support of 
Grace Brethren people. Brethren 
National Youth Conference ex- 
ceeded our expectations in many 
ways. A record attendance of 
1,580 added to the excitement of 
the week at Salisbury State Col- 
lege, Salisbury, Maryland. Hun- 
dreds of decisions were made, 
several hundred for full-time 
Christian service. Five hundred 
youth and adults participated in a 
Salisbury blitz, impacting the city 
through door-to-door evangelism, 
park programs, and service pro- 
jects. Media coverage throughout 
the week aided the conference's 
ministry to the community. 

The conference week began 
with an afternoon of prayer for all 
the attenders and closed with a 
meaningful, three-fold commun- 
ion service. Speakers for the 
week included Greg Speck, 
Moody Bible Institute Youth 
Specialist; Pat Kelly, former 
major league baseball player; 
Dave Bogue, youth pastor at the 
Columbus, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church; Roy Roberts, Grace Col- 
lege Chaplain; and youth pastors 
from across the nation. Thank 
you for your prayers. El 

RALD/ October 15, 1987 



National Conference 

New Board Terms — Elected to serve 

new terms on the board of directors of the Grace Brethren 
Home Missions Council are (seated, left to right) Williard 
Smith, Minerva, Ohio; Dr. John Mayes, Longview. Texas; Rev. 
Jim Custer, Columbus, Ohio; (standing, left to right) Homer 
Waller, Sunnyside, Washington; and Rev. Lee Jenkins, Warsaw, 
Indiana. Mayes was elected following a six year absence on the 
board of directors. He previously served on the board from 
1960 to 1981. Smith has served on the board since 1975. 
Custer has been a board member since 1972 and has served 
as vice president since 1982. Waller, who was elected treasurer 
in 1986, has been a board member since 1971. Jenkins has 
served since 1984. 

Contribution to "Our Promise 

OI Honor"' — Walter Fretz, director of the Grace 
Brethren Investment Foundation, presents a check in the 
amount of $15,000 to Henry Rempel, retired Grace Brethren 
pastor, for "Our Promise of Honor." The money will be used 
to meet financial obligations to retired Grace Brethren pastors 
and widows of former pastors. Larry Chamberlain, chairman 
of the retirement fund drive, looks on. The check was 
presented on Sunday evening, August 2, just prior to the 
moderator's address. 

Getting Acquainted -- 

Pastor Kurt Miller, Palm Harbor, Florida, shares an 
episode from his growing up years during a get- 
acquainted time at a special luncheon with Home 
Mission pastors and board members. Sharing in the 
experience are Rev. Dave Marksbury, western direc- 
tor for Grace Brethren Home Missions; Pastor Tom 
Hughes, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Pastor 
Ward and Lucille Miller, San Bernardino, California. 


HERALD/ October 15, 19 


Plan to be with us for 1988 National Conference 

July 30-August 5 at Marriott's Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, CA 

plus many great 

• 242 acres of sophisticated desert 
in the shadow of majestic mountain 

• 23 acres of fresh water lakes, 
championship golf course, 2 swim- 
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and lots of tennis courts. 

• 900 guests rooms and suites, and 
more than ample meeting rooms and 

exhibit space 

• $58! An almost unheard of room 
price for this luxury resort. Only $58 
per night. 

• Joni Eareckson Tada, Chuck Col- 
son, John Maxwell of San Diego and 
other very special speakers. 

lowest airfare available, arrangements 
through ABC Travel Specialists - our 
official FGBC travel agent - 

(In Indiana 1-800-342-5521 or 
219-269-1205) Discount car rentals 
also available. 

Registration forms will be available in November. If you signed up at this year's National Conference, they will be 
sent to you. Write to the Conference Coordinator: Charles Ashman, RO. Box 386, Winona Lake, IN 46590 for registration 
forms if you have NOT signed up for registration forms as yet. 

RALD/ October 15, 1987 


National WMC 

President's Address 

by Mrs. Fred W. Devon 

It's a delight for me to see so many WMC women 
gathered together in one place. It excites me to 
realize that as WMC women, we are a part of God's 
missionary team, working to evangelize the world. 

No, we haven't packed up all our belongings, 
moved to a foreign country or faraway city, learned 
to speak a different language or live in a strange 
culture, but as we faithfully support those who do 
go, with our prayers and our gifts, we are a part 
of the team. Without a strong basis of prayer and 
financial support, no home or foreign missionary 
can hope to be successful. 

To emphasize that thought, let me share a letter 
I received in early June from a missionary to Brazil, 
Jean Zielasko, a 1986-87 Missionary of the Year. 

May 25. 1987 

Dear Margie and National W.M.C. 

I intended writing to you as soon as we received 
the statement two months ago from the office con- 
cerning our payment. We were overwhelmed that all 
of our support for the year come in plus a little over 
the amount needed. 

Thank you for choosing me to be a "special" this 
year and for the generous amount which you gave 
to me. 

We have less that two months left to complete our 
assignment in Brazil. It will be extremely difficult to 
leave this exciting work, but exciting to think ahead 
to our assignment to Portugal in the Spring of 1988. 

The Christian Education Commission of the 
Brazilian churches assigned me the job of writing 
lessons for 3 and 4 year olds on the Creation. I've 
completed the 26 lessons including songs, flannel- 
graph figures, etc. It is a task to write lessons simple 
enough for little ones. The next 26 lessons are writ- 
ten - and I'm trying to get the illustrations finished 
this week. That will take care of a years lessons. 

We surely do appreciate all that you ladies do to 
help us. It is so good to read in your Christmas and 
Birthday greetings that you are praying for us. 

Thanks again for your love, support and your 
prayers on our behalf. 

Lovingly - In Jesus, 

Missionaries are people like you and me. They are 
the sons and daughters of parents who grow old and 
get sick. Sometimes they go to their place of service 

knowing that they will never see a parent alive 
again on this earth. Others receive the news of a 
serious illness or an unexpected death in the 
family while they are many miles from home. They 
need our encouragement. 

Missionaries are husbands and wives who, 
because of the weight of their profession, often 
have little time or energy to spend in keeping their 
marriage strong. They need our support. 

Missionaries are mothers and fathers who have 
the same hopes, dreams, and concerns for their 
children that we do. Just like yours and mine, not 
all of their children are straight 'A' students or 
models of behavior. They need our prayers as they 
raise their children, often enduring months of 
separation during the schooling years. 

Missionaries have physical problems. They get 
sick and grow tired. They experience the same 
emotions that we do, and like us, they need the 
special strength that only comes from the Lord. 

Missionaries face disappointment. Sometimes 
their greatest plans and highest dreams are never 
realized. Some labor for years, seeing few converts 
and little results. They need our prayers for 
spiritual and physical strength. 

Our missionaries need to hear from us so they 
know that they have our support. A card or newsy 
letter is tangible evidence that someone is think- 
ing of them and praying. It can be read over and 
over again. Some councils are sending Christian 
magazines to their missionaries. What a great 
idea! Not only does the missionary receive some 
good reading material, but a taste of home and a 
reminder that someone cares! 

Did you know that not every foreign missionary 
family receives their own copy of the Herald? 
Sometimes they have to wait until a months-old 
copy is passed around on their field before it's their 
turn to read it. A simple postcard to the subscrip- 
tion department of the Herald will let you know 
whether or not the missionary you support 
receives their own subscription. If not, I'm sure 
that would be an appreciated gift. 

I want to commend you WMC women for the 
good job you have been doing. It is always a real 
joy for me to sit in our National WMC Board 
meetings and hear our District Presidents' reports 



HERALD/ October 15, 198 J » 


National Conference Installation Service 

on the many things that have been done for our 
missionaries and other areas of our church 
ministries. You are a busy group of women and are 
very faithful in the multitude of responsibilities 
you carry out. 

In addition to our major National offerings which 
totaled over $60,000, you women contributed 
$14,500 toward special projects for Home and 
Foreign Missions, Grace Schools, Christian Educa- 
tion, and Grace Brethren Men and Boys. I feel that 
is a wonderful statement about the support and 
interest WMC women have for Grace Brethren 

I also want to thank our National Officers for the 
excellent job each one does in her area of respon- 
sibility. All are dedicated Christian women who are 
very busy in their personal lives and working in 
their local churches. Yet they take the time to serve 
the Lord and you through their WMC office. They 
are very special people and I wish each of you 
could learn to know and appreciate each of them 
as I have. 

Thanks to you ladies for allowing me to serve as 
your National President for the past four years. At 
times the duties of my office have been very heavy 
and I've wondered how I would ever get everything 
done, along with being a pastor's wife, the mother 
of two teenagers, the daughter of a sick and aging 
mother, and a second grade teacher. But, the Lord 
always gives me the time and the presence of mind 
to get things done according to His calendar, if not 
mine. And when I see the results that occur when 
we all band together and hear of the blessing that 
WMC has been in women's lives, I have a deep 
sense of satisfaction and a pride in what God is do- 
ing through WMC women across our fellowship. 

Let's continue to work together in the support 
of our wonderful corps of Grace Brethren Home 
and Foreign missionaries and in helping ourselves 
and others to grow spiritually. S3 

Mrs. Fred Devan. Jr. (Margie). National WMC 
President, originally from Roanoke. Virginia is 
now pastor's wife of the GBC in Clearbrook. 
Virginia. A Grace College graduate, she has 
taught in public and private schools in Roanoke. 
Virginia and Warsaw. Indiana, and at the Grace 
Brethren School of Temple Hills. Maryland. 

Edna Haak, missionary to Germany, 
addressing National Conference. 

National WMC Officers 

President: Mrs. Margie Devan, 5922 Brethren Road. 
Roanoke, Virginia 24014 (703) 774-5697 

1st Vice President: Miss Isobel Fraser. 5014 Old 
Maysville Road. Fort Wayne. Indiana 46815 

2nd Vice President: Mrs. Janet Minnix. 3314 
Kenwick Trail. SW. Roanoke. Virginia 24018 
(703) 774-4078 

Secretary: Mrs. Debbie Adams. RD 4. Box 93 A. 

Kittanning. Pennsylvania 16201 (412) 763-3497 

Assistant Secretary: Mrs. Betty Ogden, 8400 Good 
Luck Road. Lanham. Maryland 20706 
(301) 552-9660 

Financial-Secretary-Treasurer: Miss Joyce Ashman. 
602 Chestnut Avenue. Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 
(219) 267-7588 

Assistant Financial - Secretary - Treasurer: 

Mrs. Ella Lee Risser. 815 S. Prospect. Marion. Ohio 
43302 (614) 383-4197 

Literature Secretary: Mrs. Lillian Teeter. 2706 Sharon 
Street. Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 (219) 267-5513 

Prayer Chairman: Mrs. Ruth Snyder, 901 Robson 
Road, Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 (219) 267-3234 

Editor: Mrs. Linda Unruh. 1205 Park Avenue. Winona 
Lake. Indiana 46590 (219) 269-5727 

RALD/ October 15, 1987 



A Day with God 

It Left Its Mark on Many Lives 


Back to basics. Unifying. Challenging. Renew- 
ing. Upbeat. 

It began with A Day with God, 12 hours in which 
brothers and sisters got together to weep and 
laugh and pray and share burdens before God. It 
caused people to focus on God alone, and as a 
result, they regained a passion for lost neighbors 
and nations. 

Said Roger Peugh, 15 year missionary to Ger- 
many, to the hundreds of Grace Brethren who 

filled the seats of the Billy Sunday Tabernacle, "In 
a world which has a lot of sick, anemic, pas- 
sionless, lukewarm, halfhearted, milktoast Chris- 
tians, it's time, standing on the threshold, that we 
ask ourselves the question, 'How is my spiritual 
passion toward Jesus Christ? Is the fire of love for 
Christ burning intensely in my heart?'" 

"Making Jesus Christ the King of kings, and the 
Lord of lords is a personal choice," emphasized 
Roger, a man who knows the pain, joy and com- 
mitment it takes to let God be in control of every 
area of life. 

He recalled a day in May of 1979 when it seemed 
that his whole world was coming unwound and he 
didn't know what to do. "Tom Julien came and we 
did something that I had not done until that time 
in that way before," said Roger. "We spent a whole 
day praying in a little cubicle in the home of some 
friends. We met God. Our heart was renewed." 

That was what many Grace Brethren people 
wanted on August second: to seek God. 

They met in small groups all over Winona Lake 
and prayed; prayed for each other, for their local 
churches, for the fellowship, and for missions. 

One lady sat alone in an isolated spot under the 
trees and wept openly before God. 

A businessman said that he had become con- 
scious of the fact that a hunger for God could begin 
with him in his home church. 

A young pastor, eyes brimming with tears, quiet- 
ly sketched the condition of his church and asked 
the small group to pray that God would give him 

A retired missionary said, "I was forced to 
acknowledge my powerlessness and helplessness 
before God. It was a time of heartsearching, 
worship, and fellowship." 

For the first time in a very long time, people in 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship were willing to step 
out and say, "Count on me. I will pray. I will seek 
God. I will be responsible to do my part in starting 
revival in my local church." 

A Day with God left its mark on many lives. With 
fervent prayer and focus on Him, it will continue 
to mark many lives in the future. 

Mark and Joy Sims 



I We Are 
[ an Offering 

In the year 66 A.D., 960 Jewish zealots made 
a heroic stand at Masada. an isolated mountain 
top stronghold near biblical Judea. The last 
defenders committed mass suicide seven years 
later in 73 A.D. in order to prevent capture and 
enslavement from Roman military forces. 

Today, in a candlelight service held several 
times a year, the young soldiers of one of Israel's 
crack armored military units shatter the haunt- 
ing silence that remains atop Masada. Here they 
take an oath of allegiance to the modern State 
of Israel. Their commissioning concludes with 
the solemn words. "Masada shall not fall again". 

On days of discouragement, they remember 
vividly the significance of their oath and they 
forge ahead with strength, courage and tenacity. 

Theirs is a patriotic call based on a dramatic 
episode in Jewish history. Their high hope was 
and is to strengthen the nation of Israel. 

In contrast, 15 Grace Brethren missionary ap- 
pointees responded to a higher calling of eternal 
significance on August 5, 1987, when they 
dedicated themselves as living sacrifices. 

Their commissioning service ended with this 

We lift our voices, we lift our hands, 

We lift our lives up to You. 

We are an offering. 

All that we have, all that we are, 

all that we hope to be we give to You. 

We are an offering. 

A commissioning service is the churches' seal 
of approval upon the call of a missionary. By it, the 
church is saying. "We believe in the character of 
your spiritual life. We are behind you. We will fulfill 
our responsibility to support you in prayer and 
with finances. You are an extension of us." 

Ruth and Roy Snyder, veteran missionaries to 
the Central African Republic, remember their 
commissioning service, "If I had left the shores of 
the United States without knowing I was backed 
up with the prayers of the folks at home, it would 
have been a lonely and fearful experience to go to 
the foreign mission field. Our commissioning ser- 
vice proved to us that we were not alone. We were 
part of a great group and they would be remem- 
bering us. We had a church behind us." 

SOWER Tom Barlow (remembering his commis- 
sion service), says "I remember that those who had 
been my role models were the ones who were 
cheering me on. The weight of my responsibility 
and commitment had never been so great." 

The weight of a missionary's commitment is 
never heavier than during language school, when 

James and Sibylle Belton 
"As time dragged on, the hands on my head got 
heavier and heavier and I felt the incredible 
burden that's ahead of us in Germany. I felt 
absolutely alone, an aloneness that even James, 
kneeling beside me, couldn't help. Only God could. 
That's what it will be like in Germany. The heavy 
burdens. Aloneness. But an assurance that can 
only be met by God," Sibylle Belton. 

he is accused of being a cult member, when a con- 
vert doesn't want to be a Christian anymore, or 
when he sees no results from his efforts. At times 
like this, every missionary considers giving up. 
However, within each one there is deep peace, 
hope and purpose in knowing that God has called 
him there. That alone gives him the faith, courage, 
dedication and strength necessary to persevere. 
The following missionaries were commissioned 
on August 5. 1987: 

Steve and Wilma Bailey, Argentina 
James and Sibylle Belton, West Germany 
Dave and Sue Guiles, Argentina 
Paul and Louise Klawitter, France 
Tom and Sue Peters, CAR 
Mark and Joy Sims, France 
Roger Stover, West Germany 
Jack and Marilyn Wainwright, CAR 


1RALD/ October 15, 1987 


Missionaries Honored 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions was able to honor 
sixteen missionaries on August 5 at the GBFM 
Luncheon by presenting them with awards for their 
years of faithful service. They are: 
10 Years: Gary and Jean Austin, Diana Davis 
15 Years: Larry and Vicky DeArmey, Roger and Nancy 

Peugh, and Lois Wilson 
20 Years: Eddie and Linda Mensinger 
25 Years: Harold and Margaret Mason 
36 Years: Walt and Alys Haag 
41 Years: Marvin and Dot Goodman 

Walt and Alys Haag met and were married in Puerto 
Rico. After attending Grace Seminary for two years, they 
began a Brethren mission point in Baja, California. In 
the fall of 1951, they established the Grace Brethren 
mission work in Tijuana, Mexico with headquarters in 
San Ysidro, California. After their official retirement on 
December 31, 1987 and 36 years with GBFM, the Haags 
plan to continue working with Mexican nationals and 
living in the Brethren campground in Tecate, Mexico. 

while attending Grace Theological Seminary. They 
arrived in the Central African Republic in January, 1946. 
Among their responsibilities were: teaching in the Bible 
Institutes, translating the Old Testament into the Sango 
language, medical work, being the Africa Field 
Superintendent and organizing the Missionary 
Guesthouse. Even though the Goodmans officially 
retired from GBFM after 41 years of service in March, 
1987, they continue to represent the Africa field in 
churches and write literature in the Sango language. 
They are living in Winona Lake. 

Evangelist of the Year 

Marvin and Dot Goodman met and were married 

The fourth International Robert E. Collitt Award for 
Evangelist of the Year was presented to Pastor Noel 
Gaiwaka, the man responsible for starting 
neighborhood evangelism 33 years ago in the Central 
African Republic and who was an integral part of the 
establishment of 24 churches in Bangui, the capital ci- 
ty, by Ron Thompson of the Grace Brethren Board of 
Evangelism on August 5 at National Conference. 

Says Ron, "The $1000 award is given to individuals 
who have a living testimony for Christ, who 
demonstrate passion for souls, a history of supporting, 
and who are actively and successfully involved in 
evangelism." The money will be used to aid future 
evangelistic outreaches. 

The award will be presented to Pastor Gaiwaka in 
Bangui, Central African Republic by GBFM's Executive 
Director Tom Julien in November. 

Never Give Up 

Never Give Up, the GBFM slide presentation which 
was shown at National Conference, is available on 
16mm film and video cassette. It features the power and 
potential of prayer and teamwork in the lives of people 
in Japan and in the United States. To order, contact Lou 
Ann Myers at GBFM, Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590 or call (219) 267-5161. 


HERALD/ October 15, 19 



Fulfilling Last Wish 

When Carmelo Arbona, the first full-time pastor of the 
Grace Bible Church in Summit Hills, Puerto Rico, came 
to Grace Brethren National Conference August 2-7, he 
fulfilled the last wish of Maxwell Brenneman, the GBFM 
missionary who began the Puerto Rico work 25 years 
ago and who died on May 2. "I know he was in heaven 
cheering," says Elaine Brenneman, his wife. 

Elaine Brenneman and Carmelo Arbona 

Arbona was the featured speaker of the GBFM 
luncheon. According to Carmelo, the church in Puerto 
Rico is thriving and is anticipating remodeling its 
building to fit the growing needs and outreaches of the 
church. "Please pray that God will provide the funds," 
said Carmelo. 

He also thanked the Brennemans for their investment 
in the lives of the people of Puerto Rico and gave Elaine 
a memorial for Max from the Christians in Puerto Rico. 
It said: 

To Maxwell Brenneman, founding pastor 

25th anniversary of the Grace Bible Church 

San Juan, Puerto Rico 

August 1962 — August 1987 

"He planted. God gave the increase." 

Planting Churches Around the World 

Introducing Grace Brethren Foreign Missions' new 
logo design! It is part of a new emphasis on the world 
mission church which focuses on the important role of 

the local church in missions. "Missions is not what 
the church can do for the missionary, but through 
the missionary." 

National Youth Conference 

Missionaries Terry Julien and Kent and Becky Good 
were not the only foreign missionary representatives at 
Brethren National Youth Conference in Salisbury, 
Maryland August 2-7. There were five nationals from 
France and three from Brazil. 

Manuel Domin- 
gues, a member of 
the Macon, France 
youth group, remem- 
bers how amazed he 
was to see 1,500 
young people at the 
conference. Says 
Manuel, "In France, 
our youth groups are 
very small and a per- 
son doesn't make a 
decision easily. I will 
never forget the hun- 
dreds of people who 
walked to the front to 
make a decision." 


Spanning the Globe 

In an effort to span the globe with prayer for up-to- 
the-minute requests, GBFM attempted to telephone the 
four continents where Grace Brethren missionaries 
serve on Sunday afternoon, August 2. A telephone 
amplifier enabled the audience to hear both sides of 
the conversations. 

The first call to Belem, Brazil was answered by Eddie 
Miller who asked the conference to pray for the 
Evangelism Explosion program in Belem and for the 
commencement of Bible Institute classes. 

An exhausted Cecil O'Dell answered in Tokyo, Japan 
where it was 4 a.m. He praised God for the five new 
Japanese converts. 

Connections to Africa and Europe were unsuccessful. 

After each call, there was prayer for the specific re- 
quests of the missionaries on that continent. 

A total of $58,000 was committed for miss 
support at National Conference. 

*ALD/ October 15, 1987 



Pastor Bill Schaffer . • . 

Presenting the Gospel for More Than 60 Years! 

by Kenneth E. Herman 

If you're a regular reader of the Grace Brethren 
Daily Devotions publication, you've seen his name 
and address after many of the devotional thoughts 
for the day. "William H. Schaffer, Kenai, 

In fact, he's written more than 400 devotionals 
for the publication over the years. 

Doubtless, after you've read his comments on 
the Scripture selection for the day, you've probably 
thought, "That's a practical application for today's 
Scripture reading." That thought would pretty well 
characterize Pastor Bill Schaffer's ministry of more 
than 60 years: Practical. Understandable. A heart 
for people and their needs - presenting the Gospel 
with simple illustrations that everyone 

William Herbert Schaffer was born on May 11, 
1904. He moved swiftly past the three-score and 
ten years which the Word allots to the average per- 
son, and three years past the four-score! In recent 
years, impaired eyesight has handicapped him 
somewhat, but his booming voice and hearty 
handshake are still there! (He attributes the 
volume of his voice to the fact that he wished his 
neighbors two blocks away would hear his com- 
plaints as his father applied the razor strap on 

Bill accepted Christ at the age of 15 in the First 
Brethren Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania. He felt 
the call to the ministry in his second year of high 
school and enrolled in Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio, graduating in the class of 1927 with a degree 
in Classical Divinity. Ordained to the Christian 
ministry in June, 1927, his first pastorate was in 
the Bethany Brethren Church. Hamlin, Kansas 
from 1927-1930. Over the years, he has pastored 
churches in Conemaugh and Kittanning, Penn- 
sylvania; Berne, Indiana; Spokane, Washington; 
and Portland, Oregon. He has also served as in- 
terim pastor in a number of other churches. 
Presently, he is the Minister of Missions in the 
Grace Brethren Church, Kenai, Alaska. He has also 
assisted in establishing two other Grace Brethren 
Churches in Alaska. 

Grace Seminary was established in June of 1937, 

Pastor Schaffer poses with some "small" 
halibut. (Larger ones can weigh over 200 lbs!) 

and Pastor Bill Schaffer is the only living member 
of the original Board of Trustees. He states: "I held 
the receiving blanket when Grace Seminary was 
born. I took the minutes of that eventful meeting 
held the evening of the same day when Dr. Alva J. 
McClain and Dr. Herman A. Hoyt were dismissed 
from the faculty of Ashland Seminary." For more 
than 25 years, Pastor Bill Schaffer served on the 
Grace Seminary Board of Trustees. The significant 
part that he had in the formation of the Seminary 
is chronicled in chapter seven of Norman Rohrer's 
book, A Saint in Glory Stands. (This book is a 
biography of Dr. Alva J. McClain, founder and first 
president of Grace Seminary, and is available from 
BMH Books, Winona Lake, Indiana.) 

In addition to serving on the Grace Seminary 
Board of Trustees, three of the national organizations 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches were 
fortunate to have Pastor Bill Schaffer as a member 


HERALD/ October 15, 19 


of their boards during the years when the FGBC 
was being formed. He was the first treasurer of the 
Grace Brethren Home Missions Council, for 29 
years was a trustee of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., and was also secretary-treasurer of the 

"Tireless" would most certainly 

have characterized his service for 

the Lord in those years! 

Board of Ministerial Emergency and Retirement 
Benefits for 20 years. From 1951 until 1972, Pastor 
Schaffer was an auxiliary chaplain with the United 
States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lt. 
Colonel. All of these responsibilities, of course, 
were in addition to the church pastorates which 
he held. "Tireless" would most certainly have 
characterized his service for the Lord in those 

Standing with Bill from 1927 until her death on 
March 1, 1978, was his faithful wife Helen Maurine 
(Hostetler) Schaffer. They were married for almost 
51 years and with a twinkle in his eye. Bill states, 
"She left me for a Man who offered her a better 
future than I could possibly afford." Mrs. Schaffer 
served for two years as president of the Women's 
Missionary Council of the FGBC. 

The Schaffers had three children: H. Paul 
Schaffer, Alyce Ann Jaech, William L. Schaffer. 
and ten grandchildren. Bill reported, "on April 23, 
1987, William James Schaffer made his 
appearance in Chicago. He is our 9th great- 
grandchild. I wrote him a letter congratulating 
him for choosing such good parents." 

It's difficult to tell in a few paragraphs the story 
of a person who has had such a tremendous 
influence in our fellowship of churches. Perhaps 
[ could summarize it this way: 

□ A burning desire to see people accept 
Christ as Savior. 

□ A patriarch in the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. 

□ A pastor's heart for people. 

D A booming voice that still proclaims the 

□ A believer in missions and missionary 

Check all of the above. This is Pastor William H. 

Kenneth E. Herman is Assistant to the Publisher and General 
Manager of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. managing 
production in the BMH Printing division. 


"Morning, Mrs. Shepherd . . . All set for the 
annual review of the pastor's salary, I see!" 



"Start screening the 'special music' more 
carefully, would you?!" 

Our cartoonist is Greg Ryerson, pastor jfth 
Brethren Church in Spokane. Washington 
Ryerson is a graduate of Grace Seminary a: id 
employee of the Missionary Herald. 

*ALD/ October 15, 1987 



Christian School Growth 

"The Christian School Movement is the most rapidly growing 
segment of American education today." 

Dr. Roy Lowrie. Director of Graduate Studies in Christian School Education. Grace Theological Seminary. 

The Christian Dayschool Movement has shown 
a continued pattern of growth during a time when 
public school enrollment is declining. 

The 1986 statistical reports for the Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches showed that during 
the 1986 school year, the number of Christian Day 
Schools had increased to 39 with a total enroll- 
ment of 6,878. The total funds expended by these 
schools during this calendar year totaled 
$11,456,993. This significant enrollment figure in- 
dicates the students enrolled in Grace Brethren 
schools are not limited to Grace Brethren families. 

The statistics for the Indiana District of the 
Missouri Synod Lutheran Church show the same 
growth pattern for the period from 1980 to 1986. 
The number of day care and pre-kindergarten 
classes has more than doubled over this 6 year 
period. The following chart showing their growth 
pattern lists the number of schools with the 
number of students in parentheses. 

Grades High 

Day Care Pre-K 1-8 School 

1980 2(128) 15(567) 48(8241) 2(786) 

1986 5 (294) 33 (1426) 50 (8280) 2 (839) 

Pastor Brunow, Executive Counselor of Christian 
Education for the Indiana District, commented 
"Even though the number of (grade and highf 
schools grew only marginally, this is significant ir. 
light of the fact that the public school enrollmenl 
has decreased during this period. In fact, s 
Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, Indiana was able 
to purchase a closed public school building foi 
their growing school." 

The charts below show the dramatic growth ol 
the membership in the Association of Christian 
Schools International over the same 6 year period. 

Why are increasing numbers of families enroll- 
ing their children in Christian schools? Future 
issues of the Herald will address this issue. 

Data from Association of Christian Schools, International 

P.O. Box 4097, Whittier, California 90607 

Number of Students Enrolled in Member Schools 

Number of Member Schools 






1980/1 1981/2 1982/3 1983/4 1984/5 








1980/1 1981/2 1982/3 1983/4 1984/5 1985/6 


HERALD/ October 15, U 

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Afraid to Die 


by Tally Butler 

Patches of clouds hid the full moon, leaving deep 
shadows across the trail in front of me. It was dif- 
ficult to see, yet I had to be careful. To ride in the 
wrong places meant certain death. I knew, for it 
was the Navajo way. My parents had taught me 

I was home from school for the Christmas break, 
but my body had gotten soft while I was away. 
After a day of rounding up cattle, the insides of my 
legs were almost raw. It hurt so much I had to ride 
sideways. Every step the horse took was painful. 
I thought I would never get home. 

Then suddenly, about 100 yards in front of me, 
I saw something that made me catch my breath 
-- the skeleton of a horse, the remains of a saddle 
and some broken pottery. Beneath them, I knew, 
was the body of a Navajo. I was standing in the 
place of the dead. Until this moment, I had forgot- 
ten it was there. Years before, a terrible disease 
swept through the reservation killing many Nava- 
jos. The spot where they were buried was in front 
of me, blocking my trail. I felt myself grow cold and 
I started to shake. My heart was pounding. 

What am I going to do? I cried. It was too cold 
to stay where I was, and my legs were too sore to 
ride around the graves which seemed to stretch 
forever on both sides of me. My home was about 
a mile straight ahead, but the only way I could get 
there was to cross the place of the dead. I knew the 
moment I tried it, they would come out and grab 
me and I would be lost. I was in too much pain to 
even fight back. Death was staring me in the face. 

My family was deeply rooted in the Navajo ways. 
Since I was a child, I had been taught to worship 
the things around me - the trees, lightning, the 
moon and the stars, and patches of sacred ground. 
We were told to be careful where we walked, 
because if we stepped on an unmarked grave, we 
could get sick or even die. Every year, to protect 
us, my parents had a medicine man sing over us. 
It usually was an all night event. And they would 
do this other times, too, like when we got sick or 
had the flu. 

As a Navajo boy, I respected my parents and my 
aunts and uncles. They were so much higher than 
I was, I figured they must be right. We children 
went along with whatever they said. I did not real- 
ly have a religion of my own, I was just part of 

One of the things that bothered me most as I was 
growing up was the fear of death and of those whc 
were already dead. Our people believed the spirits 
of the dead could harm us in some way. Fears 
about this used to run through my mind. What ri 
I accidently step on a grave and they can't find a 
medicine man to sing over me, I wondered. Wif 
I die before help arrives? This fear was always with 

Another thing that worried me was the future 
No one seemed to know what happened to a per 
son after he died. "Well, maybe they will live again 
but nobody ever comes back to tell us," the old 
ones would say. They always kind of passed the 
word around that somebody said this, or maybe 
it is this way. But nobody could tell me what it was 
like on the other side, and this really scared me. 

One day, when I was about twelve years old, 1 
heard a gospel preacher on the radio. He said 
something that caught my ear. He was speaking 
from John 5:24, and he said, "If you die, you will 
live again." I thought about this for a long time. 

When I was about fourteen, I got to go to school 
for the first time. The following summer, the words 
of that radio preacher came back to me again I 
"Whoever believes in Jesus will not see death. He 
will have life." A short while later, we went to s 
camp meeting. At the end of one service, before 
I knew it, I was walking towards the front and I 
committed my life to Jesus. I guess I meant it, but 
I did not go to church after that or read my Bible. 

It was a couple of years later when I was home 
for Christmas break that I ran into the graves and 
all my fears came back. It seemed I had no choice 
but to ride straight ahead, so I did. As I inched my 
horse forward, I was shaking. I thought I was go- 
ing to die at any moment. 

Then the Word of God came back to me - 
"Whoever believes in Jesus will have everlasting 
life." That encouraged me and I began to pray. 
"Jesus, save me," I cried. "I'm going to die tonight, 
but I want to be with You." 

At that moment, when I whispered the name ol 
Jesus, the fear that had been almost choking me 
left. It was gone. In it's place came a peace that 
seemed to fill me. I could feel God's presence 
within my heart. It was like nothing I had ever ex- 
perienced before. 

And then the full moon broke through the 


HERALD/ October 15, U 


•louds and it was almost bright as day. I nudged 
ny horse forward and walked right over the graves 
vithout the slightest fear. I knew the Almighty 
Creator God was with me and I was safe. 

At the camp meeting. I had taken a step towards 
iod, but that night by the graves I put my complete 
rust in Him. After that my life was different. I found 

was hungry for God*s Word. I wanted to pray. I 
vanted to go to church. And my fears were gone. 

Tully Butler, 1987 

One of the first things I did after I became a Chris- 
ian was to tell my parents what Jesus had done for 
ne. I also told my dad I could not give him any more 
noney for the medicine man because now I was 
ollowing the Christian way He respected my 
vishes. He told me. "You young people, you have 
'our religion, but I still believe in the old way." I think 
very new believer should let people know about 
heir faith. You do not want people guessing. 

After two more years of vocational school, I got 
t job near my church and took an active part. 
!wice a week I went for Bible studies, and Sundays 
ifter service people would invite me over for din- 
ler. They cared for me and looked out for me. 

Later, I decided I should help other young 
>eople, so I started teaching a Sunday school class 
it a mission boarding school. During that time, I 
•aw a lot of young people come and go. I also kept 
ny eyes open for a Christian girl to be my wife. 

Then one day, I saw Mary, but I waited and 
matched to see what she was like. She came to all 
he services. I could see she loved the Lord. She 
vas concerned for her people and would often ask 
is to pray for different ones. When we talked 
ogether, she wanted to talk about the things of 
iod. After God showed us we were meant for each 
)ther, we were married. Today we have five 
•hildren, and I am pastor of an Indian church. 

For many years after I became a Christian, I 
>rayed for my mom and dad. They were very 
eligious. but they worshiped the things God 

created instead of God Himself. Every time I came 
back to the reservation I would tell my dad, "I am 
praying for you and I want you to get saved." But 
he kept telling me my religion was not for him. 

Then one day, my brother phoned. When he 
started to talk, he broke down and cried. "Dad is 
really sick and he is going to die." he said. 

"Praise the Lord!" I said. "God is working on 
Dad." Somehow I knew God was going to bring 
good out of this terrible situation. 

It turned out that Dad had cancer. He tried every 
kind of help the Navajo religion offered. It cost him 
most of his sheep and cattle, but it did no good. 
Finally, when he was on his death bed and 
weighed only 1 10 pounds, he called for the pastor 
and asked him to pray for him. That is when Dad 
put his trust in the Lord Jesus. 

After Dad's operation, the doctor said he only 
had two months to live, but Dad recovered so 
quickly the doctor was amazed. He did not know 
that Christians all across North America had been 
praying. God answered their prayers and healed 
him. That was twenty-one years ago. The cancer 
has never returned. 

Today, my dad is a very respected, very dignified 
grandfather. He is a strong believer, and if he is 
given a chance he will always say something about 
the Lord Jesus Christ and how He saved him. 
Because of him, most of his grandchildren have 
also accepted the Lord. 

My heavenly Father has brought me a long way 
since that night, when as a frightened Navajo 
teenager, I cried out to Him. He has taken that 
burden of fear away from me and given me a deep 
peace within. Today, I have the privilege of shar- 
ing this peace with my own people. What a com- 
fort to know that when the God of Creation is on 
our side, we can walk straight ahead through "life 
without the slightest fear! fH 

Editor's Note - TUlly Butler is pastor of the Cedar Hill 
Grace Brethren Church. Reprinted with permission 
Indian Life. 

ALD/ October 15, 1987 



New Home Mission Point 

Is In Upper Peninsula I 

Escanaba. a city of about 27.000 people on the 
upper peninsula of Michigan, is the newest 
national Home Mission point. It was adopted for 
financial support by the Grace Brethren Home 
Missions Council during the summer board 
meetings in Winona Lake. IN. 

The new church, named the Bay de Noc Grace 
Brethren Church, has been meeting since the first 
of the year. Its roots are in a prayer meeting on 
January 21 where 11 people, who had been 
involved in a liberal church, decided there was 

Pastor Gary and Marie Hable 
Escanaba, Michigan 

a need for a Bible-teaching Grace Brethren 
Church. The first worship service was held 
January 25. 

Gary Hable pastors the young, growing con- 
gregation. He and his wife. Marie, and their two 
sons moved to the area earlier this year to minister 
at the church on a self-support basis. 

Originally from the Calvary Grace Brethren 
Church at Walbridge. Ohio, the Hables have also 
ministered at the Grace Brethren Church in North 
Pole. Alaska. 

GBIP Approves 
Three Loans 

Three loans totaling S735.000 have been 
approved by the Grace Brethren Investment 

The Grace Brethren Church. Ocala. Florida, will 
receive financing of S80.000 toward the purchase 
of 10 acres of land on the east side of the city. Total 
purchase price of the property is S 100.000. The 
Ocala church is a current Home Mission point. 

Funds loaned to the Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Columbus. Ohio will be used toward the 
repair and remodeling of the original church 
facility for use by their youth program. Other 
capital improvements will also be made with the 
S512.000 loan. 

A loan in the amount of S 143.000 approved for 
the Gulfview Grace Brethren Church. Port Richey. 
Florida, will be used to construct a new 
multi-purpose building and to refinance an 
existing mortgage. 

The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation pro- 
vides low-cost funding to member congregations 
in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, 
with first consideration given to current Home 
Mission points. Since its inception 33 years ago. 
it has loaned more than S26.7 million to 193 
churches. Currently, all outstanding loans total 
SI 1.3 million and represent 68 percent of the 
Foundation's deposits. 


HERALD/ October 15, 19 


People are Talking! 

by Ron E. Thompson 

ABOUT HIM! ...o. 

Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: 

From Northern Ohio: "Some of our people 
have begun to get excited about evangelism and 
we are beginning a bi-weekly evangelism 
outreach." From Kansas: "We just recently com- 
pleted a week of revival prayer in conjunction 
with several area churches . . ." From Maryland: 
"IVe have certified 15 members as Evangelism 
Explosion trainers. These 15 corporately led 26 
to Christ." From Southern Ohio: ". . . 18 added 
to the church in 3 months . . ." From Oregon: 
'*. . . the father of one of our ladies received Christ 
after 20 years of prayer!" From Pennsylvania: 
"We have seen God save 42 people last year. This 
has brought new life into our church and great 


First Love Renewals scheduled for December 1-6 
in Roanoke. Virginia: December 8-13 in St. 
Petersburg. Florida: and April 26 - May 1, 1987 
in Johnstown. Pennsylvania: From California: 
"When will a First Love Renewal be scheduled 
on the West Coast?" From Pennsylvania: "J 
believe with all my heart, the G.B.C.'s need 
desperately to fall in love with people again. We 
are doctrinally correct, but evangelically dead 

. . . and have become lukewarmfor God . . ." From 
F.L.R. Participants: "It has changed my life! 
Every Christian should hear it." . . . "It is most 
helpful and very Biblical. The concentration of 
many Scriptures to teach the Bible truths has 
great impact." . . . "Gave me afresh and renewed 
desire to witness." . . . T want to attend again." 


Brethren Evangelistic Ministries and its purpose 
to promote evangelism throughout our Fellowship 
of Grace Brethren Churches: 
From Georgia: ". . . Your new name is refreshing." 
From Hawaii: "The Lord bless you in your work." 
From Ohio: "Thanks. . . for your faithfulness and 
ministry for the Lord in evangelism." From 
California: "1 like the acronym B.E.M. That is the 
Portuguese word which means good' or 'well'." 
From West Virginia: "Praise God for B.E.M. I'm 
praying for a mighty revival here and in G.B. 


Ron E. Thompson. Coordinator. 
Brethren Evangelistic Ministries 
P.O. Box 7649 
Roanoke. Virginia 24019 
Telephone: 703-563-9944 

RALD/ October 15, 1987 




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Distinguished Volunteer 

Harrah, Washington 

Robert "Bob" Smithwick of Harrah. 
WA. was presented with the "Distin- 
guished volunteer of the Year Award" 
for 1987 in a ceremony on August 16 
at the Harrah Brethren Church. 

The Board of Trustees of Clear 
Lake Grace Brethren Camp annually 
selects an individual to receive this 
special honor in recognition of 
volunteer service at the Clear Lake 
(WA) camp facility. 

The award is part of the nationwide 
recognition program of Christian 
Camping International. Smithwick 
received a certificate, a letter from 
CCI's Executive Director John Pear- 
son and a year's subscription to the 
Journal of Christian Camping. 

The 1986 divorce rate was 4.8°/o, 
the lowest since 1975. This may due 
to the declining number of young 
adults (18-24) in the high marriage 
and divorce group. (National Center 
for Health Statistics) 

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DeKalb Community 

Grace Brethren Church 

Atlanta. Georgia 

Following the evening service on 
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Marietta. GA. Grace Brethren 
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Ernest Usher of the DeKalb Com- 
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Minister of 

Christian Education 

Myerstown, PA 

Jeff Dunkle has been appointed 
as the Minister of Christian Educa- 
tion at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania, where 
Luke Kauffman serves as senior 

Mr. Dunkle's educational 
background includes a B.A. degree 
with a major in Bible from 
Washington Bible College, Lanham, 
MD, and the M.R.E. degree from 
Liberty Baptist Theological 
Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia. He 
has served in our Fellowship in the 
Grace Brethren of Hagerstown, 
Maryland, and as associate pastor 
of the Ghent Brethren Church in 
Roanoke, Virginia. 


cepted the pastorate of the Buena 
Vista, VA, Grace Brethren Church. 
He began his ministry there on 
August 1. 

RICHARD BATTIS accepted a call to 
serve as the pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Washington, 

ROYER KRYNOCK is the new pastor 
of the Ireland Road Grace Brethren 
Church, South Bend, IN. He began 
his ministry there the end of July. 

SHIMER DARR has been called by 
the Summit Mills Grace Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, PA, to serve as 
associate pastor to his son-in-law, Al 
Valentine, who has health problems. 

CHARLES MITCHELL a recent grad 
of Dallas Seminary and former staff 
member of the Grace Fellowship 
Church of Long Beach, CA, is the 
new pastor at Prosser, WA. 

JEFF MULLINS in the pastor of the 
new Silversword Grace Brethren 
Church, Kihei, Hawaii, on the 

island of Maui. 

GARY HABLE is the pastor of a new 
church on Michigan's upper penin- 
sula. The name of the new church 
is Bay de Noc Grace Brethren 

DON BUCKINGHAM pastor, is 
developing a new church in 
Lafayette, Indiana. 

CLAIR BRICKEL has completed his 
ministry at the Kettering, Ohio, 
church and is now serving as interim 
pastor at the Englewood, Ohio, 
Grace Brethren Church. 

"reactivated" into the Brethren 
ministry and is serving as a pastor 
of San Jose, CA, Grace Brethren 
Church, where he served a number 
of years ago. 

ROGER BARTLETT is beginning a 
new Grace Brethren Church Inter- 
national in Lexington, Kentucky. 

The Anaheim, CA, Grace Brethren 
Church has merged with the La 
Mirada Grace Fellowship, and is 

under the leadership of Mike Lee. 

RANDY BOWMAN has resigned as 
pastor of the Eastside Grace 
Brethren Church at Columbus, 

WILLIAM COCHRAN has resigned 
at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Pompano Beach, Florida. 

resigned at Dallas Center, Iowa, 

and accepted the pastorate of the 
new church at Millersburg, Ohio. 

He is already on the field there. 

Brethren Fellowship of Baltimore, 
under the leadership of Tex Hudson, 
has been closed. 

The following churches were ac- 
cepted into the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches during 
our annual conference in August: 
Grace Brethren Church of 
Millersburg, Millersburg, Ohio. 
Charles Thornton, pastor. 

Lafayette Grace Brethren Church, 

Lafayette, Indiana. Don Buck- 
ingham, pastor. 

Mishawaka Grace Brethren 

Church, Mishawaka, Indiana. Scott 

Weaver, pastor. 

Naples Grace Brethren Church, 

Naples, Florida. Dan Thompson, 


Silversword Grace Brethren 

Church, Tihei, Hiwaii. Jeff Mullins, 


Central City Grace Brethren 

Church, Windber, Pennsylvania. 

Mike Ocealis, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater 

Hartford, Newington, Connecticut. 

Louis Huesmann, pastor. 

Bay de Noc Grace Brethren 

Church, Escanaba, Michigan. Gary 

Hable, pastor. 

Orange Grove Community 
Church, San Bernardino, California. 
Mitch Cariaga, pastor. 


BLOUCH: Mr. and Mrs. James 
Blouch were married at the 
Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, 
PA, May 23, 1987. Pastor Luke Kauff- 
man assisted in the wedding 

DINGELDEIN: Laurie Jo Klahr and 
Russell Dingeldein. February 8, 
1987. Myerstown Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, PA. Luke Kauff- 
man, pastor. 

DUTKO: Elizabeth Hawvermale 
and Leslie Dutko, July 25, 1987. 
Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. : 

EARL: Fibi Hanna and Kerry Earl, 

May 23, 1987. Rosemont Grace I 
Brethren Church, Martinsburg, WV. 
Carl Baker, pastor. 

FORD: Laura Thrift and John Ford, < 

July 25, 1987. Temple Hills Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, MD. . 
Pastor Wagner officiated at the | 
ceremony. James Dixon, pastor. 

HAFNER: Sherri Campbell and Joel 
Hafner, July 12, 1987. Rosemont i 
Grace Brethren Church, Mar- 
tinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 

HANSROTE: Tracey Ranels and' 
Brion Hansrote, July 11, 1987 Rose- 
mont Grace Brethren Church, Mar- 
tinsburg, WV Carl Baker, pastor. 


HERALD/ October 15, 11 


LIGHT: Ann Louise Deck and 
Kevin Light, December 6, 1986. 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Luke 
Kauffman, pastor. 

MILLS: Deborah Faye Griffith and 
Kenneth Mills, August 22, 1987. 
Grace Brethren Church, Rittman, 
Ohio. Bud Olszewski, pastor. 
RIDENOUR: Peggy Garrett and 
Dan Ridenour, June 20, 1987. New 
Albany Grace Brethren Church, New 
Albany, Indiana. DavyTroxel, pastor. 
SNYDER: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth 
Snyder were married at the 
Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania, on March 
7, 1987, by Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
THIERET: Wendy Ronk and Mark 
Thieret, June 13, 1987. Rosemont 
Grace Brethren Church, Mar- 
tinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 
ZELLER: Wendie Seiler and Jim 
Zeller, July 11, 1987. Temple Hills 
Grace Brethren Church, Temple 
Hills, MD. James Dixon, pastor. 


DIRIENZO, Frances, 78. August 10, 
; 1987. She was a member of the 
Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, 
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. Ron 
Warrick, pastor. 

HOFFER, Ammons, 85. July 5, 
1987 He was a member of the Rose- 
mont Grace Brethren Church, 
I Martinsburg, West Virginia. Carl 

Baker, pastor. 
I HOWARD, James. The memorial 
service was held August 16, 1987. He 
was a member of the Riverside 
' Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, 
I PA. Reverends Don Rager and 
I Ronald Carnevali officiated at the 
I service. Don Rough, pastor. 
| KAUFFMAN, Mary, 77. June 13, 
1 1987. She was the mother of Pastor 
|| Luke Kauffman and a member of the 
I Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
t Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Luke 
ij Kauffman, pastor. 

I MICHAEL, Lewis, 73. June 9, 1987. 
\\ He was a member of the Rosemont 
;;Grace Brethren Church, Mar- 
4 tinsburg, WV. Carl Baker, pastor. 
:|WICKHAM, Rex, 84. The memorial 

I service was held on August 13, 1987. 

He was a member of the Grace 

Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, 
Michigan. Bill Stevens, pastor. 


DON BUCKINGHAM, (pastor at the 
new church in Lafayette): P.O. Box 
5333, Lafayette, IN 47903 
(Tel. 219/269-4146). 
ARTHUR BURK, 11259 Pope Ave., 
Lynwood, California 90262. 
DANIEL ESHLEMAN, 3395 Bossier 
Rd., Elizabethtown, PA 17022. 
7-460, Taipei, Taiwan 10098 ROC. 
THOMAS HOCKING, 1818 Michigan 
Ave., No. 210, Los Angeles, CA 90033 
Community Church, 4610 Camden 
Ave., San Jose, California 95124. 
JOHN NAGLE, 6565 Stearns St., 
Long Beach, California 90815. 
DAN PETTMAN, Caixa Postal 97, 
68447 Nova Barcarena, Para, Brazil. 
LESTER PIFER, 6602 23rd Ave., 
Bradenton, Florida 34209. 
JIM POYNER, 10934 Peppertree 
Lane, Port Richey, Florida 34668. 
JACK RANTS, 26312 Woodland Way 
S. Kent, Washington 98031 
(Tel. 206/852-1665). 
LLOYD RINKS, 13911 Laurinda Way, 
Santa Ana, California 92705. 
Way, Encinitas, California 92024. 
Cooper St., Roanoke, VA 24019. 
GEORGE TRAUB, 8325 Willow 
Ridge Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019. 
DAN TRAVIS, 6062 Gaviota Ave., 
Long Beach, California 90805. 
WARD TRESSLER, 1005 Birdseye 
Blvd., Fremont, Ohio 43420. 
DAN VIVEROS, 3732 S. E. Sandy 
Circle, Troutdale, Oregon 97060 
GLEN WELBORN, 708 N. Main, 
Leon, Iowa 50144. 
RON WELSH, 963 Kinzel Dr., 
Winchester, Virginia 22601 
(Tel. 703/662-0343). 
S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, Florida 

CHURCH, 3626 Thunderbird Rd., 
Sebring Florida 33872. 


R. 1, Box 172, Garwin, Iowa 50632. 


Salem Rd., Virginia Beach, Virginia 




secretary should be: Connie Smith, 

SRT. 2, Box 881-E, Soldotna, Alaska 

99669 (Tel. 907/262-7526). 


ANNUAL, Mrs. Fred Devan, national 

WMC president, the address should 

be 5922 Brethren Rd., Roanoke, 

Virgina 24014. 


LIMA, P.O. Box 3031, Elida, Ohio 


CHURCH, Please change the 
secretary's name to Nancy Wozniak, 
R. 1, Box 233, Mineral Point, Penn- 
sylvania 15942 (Tel. 814/322-4983). 





Lanham, Maryland — The new 

education building of Lanham Chris- 
tian School at 8400 Good Luck Road 
was dedicated on Sunday, September 
20. The building was named in honor 
of Mrs. Betty R. Ogden, who has 
given outstanding service to the 
school since its founding. 

The dedication speaker was Dr. 
Roy W. Lowrie, Jr., former president 
of the Association of Christian 
Schools International, and Director of 
Graduate Studies in Christian School 
Education at Grace Seminary. 

Lanham Christian School has 
grown from 29 students at its begin- 
ning in 1977 to nearly 300 today. Its 
staff increased from 3 to 30 

The school is an educational 
ministry of Grace Brethren Church 
and is widely supported by 
evangelical churches in the area. 
More than 90 congregations are 
represented among its students. 

Russell Ogden is the pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church and Charles 
Guthrie is the Headmastei < : -anham 
Christian School 

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All This 
and Turkey, Too! 

by Charles W. Turner 

November brings one of the 
most delightful holidays. It is, of 
course. Thanksgiving. It is a time 
for recounting blessings as well 
as a time for recalling the events 
of our lives. 

This year as I sat down to 
review the events that are now 
trailing into history I felt a 
twinge of sadness. During this 
past year, a number of negative 
events transpired on the world 
and religious scene. 

I think one of the most negative 
impacts upon the religious front 
was the PTL affair. It seems that 
we are still not able to put this 
tragedy behind us. There is a 
lingering feeling that we will not 
get beyond it for many years. It 
brought to focus all of the bad 
things that have been said about 
Christianity through the years 
and many Christian organizations 
were unfairly included in the 
condemnation. This is not fair, 
but it is fact. 

The Contra Hearings also took 
up a lot of time and attention on 
the American front, as well as 
the world. We did have an exer- 
cise in the manner in which 
governments function. We saw 
before our eyes the making and 
the malfunctions of the 
American process. The merits of 
it all could be argued long and 
loud. History will not forget these 
events, nor will some of the 
figures be forgiven. 

The negatives were bigger 
than life as they came across our 
television screens each evening. 
It was a year of uncovering stones 
and watching the light move 

into areas where sometimes we 
wish the rocks had not been 
moved. Politicians seeking office 
had a difficult time and some 
dropped by the wayside. Their 
personal lives could not stand 
the clear light of observation. 

Then, the negatives gathered 
together on a Monday in October 
and had a day that shook the 
world. The financial community 
and the rest of the world were 
shaken. The talk of a worldwide 
depression became prominent. 
However, all of the events that 
have transpired were not bad. Our 
hearts were cheered as the final 
hours of rescue took place in 
Midland, Texas. The name "Jes- 
sica," turned from one denoting 
religious corruption to a new lit- 
tle Jessica - one trapped in a well. 

Yes, it took hours and it took 
courage. But it did show what 
could be done in a concerted 
effort. Food, money and time were 
forgotten. The purpose was a 
single one. It was to save the life 
of a little girl. The eyes of the 
world watched as the hours rolled 
by and then . . . thj 
in the arms of 

So as the days move towards 
the time of Thanksgiving, the 
good and the bad of humanity 
come to the surface. But I guess 
that it is that way every year. 
Sometimes we tend to focus on 
the negative more than the 
positive, but through it all there 
is a lot for which to be thankful. 
There are family and friends 
and homes and all of the com- 
forts of life. Above all there are 
the blessings of the spiritual, the 
unseen things not apparent to 
the human eye. There is the 
peace of God which brings com- 
fort in trial and which brings 
hope of a certain future. 

It is well expressed in the old 
song, "Redeemed and so happy 
in Jesus. Redeemed by the blood 
of the Lamb. Redeemed through 
His infinite mercy. His child and 
forever, I am." So we gather again 
around the table with those that 
we love and are thankful, though 
the — w&rld. with its religious, 
tica£ and financial worries, 
es for attention, 
im as we all meet 
occasion. All this 

HERALD/ November 15, 1! 


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Volume 49 

November 15, 1987 

2 Editorial 

All This and 
Turkey, Too 

Charles W. TUrner 

4 Devotional 

6 Devotional 
A History 

Raeann Hart 
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A Moving 

Liz Cutler 
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The Riddle of Risk 

Pastor Garth E. Lindelef 

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16 Personalities 

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22 Foreign Missions 

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Get Me to the 
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30 Personal Challenge 
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31 Fellowship News 

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Ye Thankful People 

Henry Alford 

Come, ye thankful people, come. 
Raise the song of harvest home: 
All is safely gathered in. 
Ere the winter storms begin: 
God, our Maker, doth provide 
For our wants to be supplied: 
Come to God's own temple, come. 
Raise the song of harvest home. 

All the world is God's own field. 
Fruit unto His praise to yield; 
Wheat and tares together sown. 
Unto joy or sorrow grown: 
First the blade, and then the ear. 
Then the full corn shall appear: 
Lord of harvest, grant that we 
Wholesome grain and pure may be. 

For the Lord our God shall come. 
And shall take His harvest home: 
From His field shall in that day 
All offenses purge away: 
Give His angels charge at last 
In the fire the tares to cast: 
But the fruitful ears to store 
In His garner evermore. 

Even so. Lord, quickly come 
To Thy final harvest home: 
Gather Thou Thy people in. 
Free from sorrow, free from sin: 
There, forever purified. 
In Thy presence to abide: 
Come, with all Thine angels come. 
Raise the glorious harvest home. 

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the 
earth. Serve the Lord with 
gladness; come before him with 
joyful songs. Know that the Lord is 
God. It is he who made us, and we 
are his; we are his people, the 
sheep of his pasture. Enter his 
gates with thanksgiving and his 
courts with praise; give thanks 
to him and praise his name. For 
the Lord is good and his love en- 
dures forever; his faithfulness con- 
tinues through all generations. 

Psalm 100 (NIV) 

We Gather 

Folksong of the Netherlands 

We gather together to ask the 
Lord's blessing, He chastens and 
hastens His will to make known; 
The wicked oppressing cease them 
from distressing, Sing praises to 
His name, He forgets not His own. 
Beside us to guide us, our God with 
us joining, Ordaining, maintaining 
His kingdom divine; So from the 
beginning the fight we were win- 
ning, Thou, Lord, wast at our side, 
the glory be Thine! We all do extol 
Thee, Thou leader in battle, And 
pray that Thou still our Defender 
wilt be. Let Thy congregation 
escape tribulation; Thy name be 
ever praised, O Lord, make us free! 

We Plow the Fields, 
and Scatter 

Matthias Claudius 

We plow the fields, and scatter 

The good seed on the land. 
But it is fed and watered 

By God's almighty hand: 
He sends the snow in winter. 

The warmth to swell the grain. 
The breezes and the sunshine. 

And soft refreshing rain. 

He only is the Maker 

Of all things near and far: 
He paints the wayside flower. 

He lights the evening star: 
The winds and waves obey Him. 

By Him the birds are fed: 
Much more to us His children. 

He gives our daily bread. 
We thank Thee, then, O Father. 

For all things bright and good. 
The seedtime and the harvest. 

Our life, our health, our food: 
Accept the gifts we offer. 

For all Thy love imparts. 
And, what Thou most desirest. 

Our humble, thankful hearts. 

RALD/ November 15, 1987 


A History ~ 

Immigrants from England and Holland landed 
at Plymouth. Massachusetts in December, 1620. 
Forty-seven members of the tiny community died 
that first winter. An Indian. Squanto. who in- 
troduced himself to the pilgrims and stayed with 
them until his death in 1622, is credited with keep- 
ing the others alive. In the words of William Brad- 
ford, one of the colonists, "He directed them how 
to set their corne, wher to take fish, and to pro- 
cure other comodities, and was also their pilott 
to bring them to unknown places for their prof itt." 
The first harvest was mediocre. The twenty acres 
of corn had produced nicely, but the six or seven 
acres planted with English wheat, barley and peas 
were a failure. Nevertheless, the colonists wanted 
to thank God for their harvest. 

These austere people were not especially en- 
thusiastic about the celebration of festivals, but a 
holiday was decided upon in the small town. This 
first Thanksgiving lasted for three days and was 
celebrated with enthusiasm. Captain Myles Stan- 
dish paraded his group of soldiers in a series of 
manuevers and all but Governor Bradford and 
Elder William Brewster marched. Blank volleys 
were fired and bugles sounded. The Indians 
showed their bow and arrow marksmanship and 
the white men exhibited their skill with firearms. 

The menu was extensive and the food abundant. 
The Indian braves had added five deer to the store 
of meat already brought in by a four-man shooting 
party. They had venison, duck, goose, seafood, 
eels, white bread, corn bread, leeks, watercress, 
and a variety of greens. Wild plums and dried ber- 
ries were served for dessert. 

The first national Thanksgiving proclamation 
was issued by George Washington in 1789, the 
year of his inauguration. He said, in part: 

Now therefore I do recommend and assign 
Thursday, the 26th of November next, to be 
devoted by the people of these States to the ser- 
vice of that great and glorious Being, who is the 
Beneficent Author of all the good that was, that 
is, or that will be: and that we may then all unite 
in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble 
thanks for His kind care and protection of the peo- 
ple of this country, previous to their becoming a 
nation; for the signal manifold mercies, and the 
favorable interpositions of His providence, in the 
course and conclusion of the late war; for the 
great degree of tranquillity, union and plenty 
which we have enjoyed; for the peaceable and ra- 
tional manner in which we have been enabled 
to establish Constitutions of Government for our 
safety and happiness, and particularly the na- 
tional one now lately instituted; for the civil and 
religious liberty with which we are blessed, and 
the means we have of acquiring and diffusing 
useful knowledge: and, in general, for all the 
great and various favors, which He has been 
pleased to confer upon us. 

Thanksgiving was still largely a religious obser- 
vance, and some governors considered it an exam- 
ple of state interference with religion and did not 
encourage its celebration. In 1827, a one-woman 
movement began with its goal to have Thanks- 
giving Day celebrated across the nation. Mrs. 
Sarah Josepha Hale started her crusade while 
editor of the Boston Ladies' Magazine and con- 
tinued it with mounting success until the victory 
was won in 1863 with President Abraham Lin- 
coln's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. When the 
Ladies' Magazine was consolidated with Godey's 
Lady's Book of Philadelphia, with Mrs. Hale as 
editor, her editorials reached the largest number 
of people of any periodical in the country. The last 
Thanksgiving editorial she wrote in September of 
1863 was entitled "Our National Thanksgiving' 

Then he said unto them. Go your way and eat 
the fat and drink the sweet and send persons un- 
to them for whom nothing is prepared: for this 
day is holy unto the Lord; neither be ye sorry, for : 
the joy of the Lord is your strength, - Nehemiah 

Thus commmanded the inspired Leader of the 
Jews when they kept the "Feast of Weeks"; in a'- 
time of national darkness and sore troubles shall 
we not recognize that the goodness of God never 
faileth. and that to our Father in heaven we 
should always bring the Thanksgiving offering 
at the ingathering of the harvest? 

Wise lawgivers and great patriots have 
acknowledged the salutary effect of appointed ^ 
times for national reunions which combine 
religious sentiment with domestic and social] 


HERALD/ November 15, 1! 


enjoyment; thus feelings of benevolence are 
awakened and gratitude to the giver of all the 
blessings is seen to be the great duty of life. Owing 
to the different economy of different churches 
among Protestant denominations except the Chris- 
tian Sabbath, all our religious commemorations 
are partial and local. 

Can we not then, following the appointment of 
Jehovah in the "Feast of Weeks," or Harvest Festi- 
val, establish our yearly Thanksgiving as a perm- 
anent American National Festival which shall be 
celebrated on the last Thursday in November in 
every State of the Union? Indeed, it has been near- 
ly accomplished. For the last twelve or fourteen 
years the States have made approaches to this uni- 
ty. In 1859 thirty States held their Thanksgiving 
Festival on the same day - the last Thursday in 
November. It was also celebrated that year on 
board several of the American fleets - ships in the 
Indian ocean, the Mediterranean and on the Brazil 
station; by the Americans in Berlin at our Prus- 
sian Embassy; in Paris and in Switzerland; and 
American missionaries have signified their readi- 
ness to unite in the Festival if it should be estab- 
lished on a particular day that can be known as 
the American Thanksgiving. Then in every 
quarter of the globe our nationality would be 
recognized in connection with our gratitude to 
the Divine Giver of all our blessings. The pious 
and loving thought that every American was join- 
ing in heart with the beloved family at home and 
with the church to which he belonged, would thrill 
his soul with the purest feelings of patriotism and 
the deepest emotions of thankfulness for his 
religious enjoyments. 

Would it not be agreat advantage, socially, nation- 
ally, religiously, to have the day of our American 
Thanksgiving positively settled? Putting aside the 
sectional feelings and local incidents that might 
be urged by any single State or isolated territory 
that desired to choose its own time would it not 
be more noble, more truly American, to become 
national in unity when we offer to God our tribute 
of joy and gratitude for the blessings of the year? 

Taking this view of the case, would it not be bet- 
ter that the proclamation which appoints Thurs- 
day, the 26th of November as the Day of 
Thanksgiving for the people of the United States 
of America, should in the first instance emanate 
from the President of the Republic - to be applied 
by the Governors of each and every State in ac- 
quiescence with the chief executive's advices? 

Mrs. Hale's words seem as appropriate to us to- 
day, over a century later. Mrs. Hale had written to 
President Lincoln, as well as his predecessors, and 
probably sent him a copy of this editorial. On Oc- 
tober 3, 1863, he issued the first national 
Thanksgiving Proclamation setting apart the last 
Thursday in November as the day to be observed. 
The Proclamation reads: 

The year that is drawing toward its close has 
been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and 
healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so 
constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the 
source from which they come, others have been 
added, which are of so extraordinary a nature 
that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the 
heart which is habitually insensible to the ever 
watchful providence of almighty God. In the 
midst of a civil war of unequal magnitude and 
severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign 
states to invite and provoke their aggressions, 
peace has been preserved with all nations, order 
has been maintained, the laws have been 
respected and obeyed, and harmony has pre- 
vailed everywhere except in the theatre of 
military conflict; while that theater has been 
greatly contracted by the advancing armies and 
navies of the Union. 

Needful diversions of wealth and strengthfrom 
the fields of peaceful industry to the national 
defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, 
or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our 
settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and 
coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even 
more abundantly than heretofore. Population has 
steadily increased notwithstanding the waste 
that has been made in the camp, the siege and 
the battle-field, and the country, rejoicing in the 
consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, 
is permitted to expect continuance of years with 
large increase of freedom. 

No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any 
mortal hand worked out these great things. They 
are the gracious gifts of the most high God, who, 
while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath 
nevertheless remembered mercy. 

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they 
should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully 
acknowledged as with one heart and one voice 
by the whole American people. I do. therefor, in- 
vite my fellow citizens in every part of the United 
States, and also those who are at sea and those 
who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart 
and observe the last Thursday of November next 
as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our benefi- 
cent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I 
recommend to them that, while offering up 
ascriptions justly due to him for such singular 
deliverances and blessings, they do also, with 
humble penitence for our national perverseness 
and disobedience, commend to his tender care all 
those who have become widows, orphans, 
mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil 
strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and 
fervently implore the interposition of the 
almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation 
and to restore it, as soon as may be consi: 
with the Divine purposes, to the full enj 
of peace, harmony, tranquility and unit 

RALD/ November 15, 1987 


A Moving Experience 

by Liz Cutler 

Gray skies produced a fine mist that glistened 
in the headlights of cars. It was hardly enough 
moisture to use an umbrella, but it forced you to 
use the "pause" mode of your windshield wipers, 
especially after you passed a roaring semi-truck. 

It was the kind of weather that could get you 
down -- if you let it. But the wet, dreary weather 
of August 24 didn't dampen the spirits of six men 
from Millersburg, Ohio. They were men with a mis- 
sion and were determined to accomplish it, rain 
or shine. 

Leaving their homes long before dawn's first 
light that day, they traveled nearly 800 miles to 
Iowa to gather the belongings of their new pastor 
and his wife and to move them back to Millersburg. 
It was an act of love - for their new leader, and for 
their Lord - and a visible commitment to take the 
Gospel to their community with the development 
of a new Grace Brethren Church. 

Pastor Chuck and Janice Thornton had original- 
ly planned to use a commercial van line to move 
their possessions from Dallas Center, Iowa, where 
they had ministered for the last four years, to their 
new home in Millersburg. It was convenient and 
easy. All they had to do was pack the boxes and 
let the movers come and transport them. But the 
laymen of the church took a look at the estimated 
cost and approached the Thorntons with an 

"(We) felt it was rather expensive for us at this 
point to lay out that type of investment," said Keith 
Holmes, the young farmer from Millersburg who 
organized the move. "Janice was willing to pack 
everything and that right off the top saved $1,200. 
We thought that if she's willing to pack, there is 
no reason why we wouldn't be able to go out and 
move them." 

The estimated cost had been approximately 
$3,800. The bill for the move, using two rented 
trucks, came to $1,700. 

"It was quite a bit of savings for both the church 
and Grace Brethren Home Missions (who generally 
share the cost equally)," noted Holmes. "If we can 
keep that money here and use it for different 
ministries that we'd like to pursue, we felt that 
would be advantageous. 

Hence, Keith was joined by his father, Rich 

Chuck and Janice Thornton 

Holmes, a recently-retired school superintendent 
and a member of the Grace Brethren Church at 
Wooster, Ohio, and four other members of the 
Millersburg Grace Brethren Church - Read Varney, 
a retired factory worker; Perry Coblentz, a diesel 
mechanic; Bob Elder, a postal worker; and Dave 
Hawkins, a draftsman, in the trip. 

Leaving Ohio before 4 a.m., they arrived in 
Dallas Center around 4:30 p.m. It had been a long 
day of interstate highways, fast food hamburgers, 
and close fellowship. 

"There's something about when you get a group 
of Christian men together who have not really 
worked together before." said Keith. "You start 
driving and you live together for a few days. It is 
amazing what can happen. You find things that 
you have in common. You talk about spiritual 
things. It was a very unifying time." 

Janice Thornton was leisurely packing the last 
few boxes that Monday afternoon and watching 
"Wheel of Fortune" when the men arrived. 

They went to work right away. 

"The television was still warm when they took 
it out!" she recalled with a laugh. 

Chuck had driven the 30 miles into Des Moines 
to pick up the 24-foot truck they had rented for the 
trip. When he arrived home at quarter 'til five, the 
men were there. 


HERALD/ November 15, ltf 


By the time the moving crew reached 
Millersburg, the rain had stopped. 

"I hadn't anticipated that they would be there 
that early," he said. By the time he moved his car 
from the garage, the truck had been backed up to 
the house and boxes were being carried up the 
ramp and into the deep recess of the vehicle. 

"In a matter of about two hours, that truck was 
loaded," he added. "And the only thing that kept 
them from doing more was the fact they didn't 
have another truck yet." 

The next morning, Monday's mist had turned to 
a steady rain. But in spite of the drizzle, an 18-foot 
rental truck was filled with the remaining items 
and by 11 a.m., the group was on their way east. 

It was an amazement that things happened that 
rapidly," said the pastor. "But then, the more I get 
to know these men, the more I realize they're just 
eager about everything that relates to the church. 

They just want to see that things get done and 
want to see them done well and quickly," he added. 
"It's just another indication of their enthusiasm 
for the work of God." 

Back in Millersburg, the remainder of the church 
family excitedly waited. The women had cleaned 
the Thornton's house from top to bottom and pro- 
tective plastic had been laid on the carpet for the 
move. The 100-year old house at 3V2 Crawford 
Street was ready for its new owners. 

By nearly two o'clock on Wednesday, the first 
truck, driven by Varney and Elder, pulled up. A 
short time later, the others followed. The six had 
driven from LaPorte, Indiana that morning 
through much of the same rains that had followed 
them the day before. But as they rolled up the door 
on the first truck and began to carry furniture and 
boxes down the ramp, the rain drops stopped. By 
the time the second truck was unloaded, the sun 
had begun to peek through the stormy clouds. 

"The church at Millersburg is a result of vision, 
a dream of a number of years," says Pastor Thorn- 
ton, who has led Grace Brethren congregations in 
Virginia. Michigan, Washington, and Iowa in the 
last 30 years. 

"It's just another indication of 
their enthusiasm for God's work." 

That dream and vision began to take shape that 
Wednesday afternoon as church members and 
pastor relaxed in the parsonage kitchen. Over 
heaping plates of sloppy joes, potato chips, cheese, 
and Trail bologna, the talk turned to the new 
church and the many details that must be con- 
sidered in a church planting situation - meeting 
location, property, service times, and perhaps 
most importantly, the needy people in Millersburg. 

"Millersburg is definitely not evangelized by any 
means," says Holmes, "and there is a need for a 
sound, Bible teaching church in this community." 

Gray Mondays don't need to be depressing. They 
can be the beginning of a moving experience. El 

Liz Cutler is director of public relations/or Grace 
Brethren Home Missions. A resident of Warsaw. 
IN. she is a graduate of Grace College and Ball 
State University. 

In spite of a steady drizzle, Dave Hawkins 
and Keith Holmes load the Thornton's 
furniture in the truck. 

RALD/ November 15, 1987 



" i i "r i 

- 4. 

Angie Garber Missionary 
Residence Dedicated 

"Once in awhile a friend is found who's a 
friend right from the start. 

Once in awhile a friendship's made that 
really warms the heart." 

That poem expressed the thoughts of one Penn- 
sylvania supporter of Grace Brethren Navajo 
Ministries as she shared her appreciation of the 
work of Miss Angie Garber. It was one of many let- 
ters which put into words the love and esteem for 
this long-time missionary to the Navajos. The 
notes were compiled into a scrapbook and 
presented to Miss Garber during the dedication of 
the Angie Garber Missionary Residence at 
Counselor, New Mexico on October 14. 

More than 250 staff. Navajo, and friends of Grace 
Brethren Navajo Ministries attended the 6 p.m. ser- 
vice, which was held in the gymnasium. The ser- 
vice was followed by a meal and the showing of the 
film about Angie which was produced last sum- 
mer by Grace Schools, Winona Lake, Indiana. 

More than 260 people gathered for the 
dedication service on October 14. 

Dr. Robert W. Thompson, executive director of 
Grace Brethren Home Missions, spoke for the 
dedication. Wilbur and Connie Cook, who oversaw 
the construction work, were also recognized. 

An open house preceded the dedication service. 
Visitors viewed each of the eight apartments, in- 
cluding those occupied by staff members Rhoda 
Leistner, Joyce Wenger, and Sheilah Champion. 
The other apartments will be available for guests 
and short term missionaries. 

Each apartment has a kitchen, living-dining 
area, bath, and one bedroom. Four may be con- 
verted to two bedroom apartments, leaving the re- 
maining units as efficiency apartments. In addi- 
tion to single or double beds in each bedroom, 
each unit has a sofa bed in the living area. 

The new facility has been made possible 
through the donations of interested individuals all I 
across the country. R. Brownell McGrew, well!, 
known western artist and personal friend ofil 
Angie's, donated the reproduction rights to his J 
painting, "Waiting For A Ride." Limited edition j 
prints of the paintings have been given to those in- 1 
dividuals who donated $200 or more toward the 
project. Other donors recieved a 9xl2-inch copy of j 
the print. Donations toward the project have | 
totaled more than $80,000. Volunteer labor also j 
contributed over 5,000 hours principly through J 
the Yokefellow program. This saved 68 percent on | 
the cost of the construction - $75,000 compared | 
with an estimated $200,000. 

Additional gifts toward the project will be used 
in the renovation and remodeling of several ex- 
isting staff homes, as well as the construction of 
several single family dwellings. 


HERALD/ November 15, 




Angie and some of her former students 

Angie served the first meal in the new 
residence, utilizing the apartment she and her 
family furnished. Seated around the table are 
(L to R) Superintendent Larry Wedertz, Jerry 
McGuire, Brian Bernados, John Donor, Gene 
and Ada Angus, all of TAP (Technical 
Assistance Program) who installed a new phone 
system at the Mission. 

John Champion gives Rhoda Leistner 
assistance in moving 

RALD/ November 15, 1987 



The Riddle 
of Risk 

What is at the same time both the most thrilling 
of all Christian activities and also the most feared? 
Moreover, what factor causes this particular activity 
to evoke both of these reactions in us? The activity 
is, of course, personally sharing our faith; and while 
I hope most who are reading this have experienced 
the thrill of personal evangelism, I KNOW all of us 
have experienced some fear. The factor which elicits 
these two reactions is risk. 

It could be asked, "Is being involved in evangelism 
really a risk?" Risk speaks of the chance of hazard, 
injury or danger. Even the Lord Jesus forewarned 
of this risk, for He said to the Twelve before their first 
missionary journey, "1 am sending you out like 
sheep among wolves . . . Brother will betray 
brother to death, and a father his child; chiltlren 
will rebel against their parents and have them put 
to death" (Matthew 10:16, 21). Let's face this fact: 
Evangelism is a risky business. No wonder most of 
our church members don't share their faith: they're 
smart people -- they know danger when they see it! 

What risks are we afraid of in our evangelistic ef- 
forts? The most recognized is the fear of rejection 
by loved ones and friends. But more devastating, 
more stymieing are the guilt feelings that come 
when we think we have failed in our past efforts. The 
loss of a comfortable lifestyle is also a risk we fear; 
and akin to that fear is the possibility we might even 
be expected to relate to a new culture, whether a 
foreign culture or a subculture. Some are bold, and 
honest enough, to confess to the fear that they will 
lack enough true love to risk the sacrifice of "bring- 
ing back" to the unsaved in friendship evangelism. 

Yet the most thrilling activity of the Christian life 
is personal evangelism. This is true not only in spite 
of the risks involved, but it is true because of those 
very same risks. The activities in life which give us 
a thrill are the ones which involve some level of real 
or imagined risk. I enjoy the thrill of rock-climbing 
with friends because of the risk involved. Some en- 
joy the thrills of roller coaster and parachute-drop 
rides because of the sense of risk, even though it is 
controlled. Many enjoy the thrill of an Indiana Jones- 
type adventure, even though it is only an imagined 
risk. Therefore, isn't it great to realize that God 
planned for the Christian life to be thrilling, and 
built into it a source of risk to give us those thrills! 

Can we lessen or minimize the risk of evangelism? 
No, but there are three realizations we can make 
which will assure us constantly that the risks are 
under control and thus alleviate our fears. The first 
realization is that "God chose the foolish things of 

by Pastor Garth E. Lindelef 

Pastor, Community Grace Brethren Church, 

Long Beach, California. | 

the world to shame the wise" (I Cor. 1:27). It was 
this principle, and the decision based on it to will- 
ingly become "fools for Christ" that enabled those 
of us who were "Jesus Freaks" years ago to stave 
off the fear of rejection, be so bold in our witness- 
ing, and thus lead so many to the Lord. We need to 
again become willing to be "fools" for the Lord 
Jesus, to overcome the fear of risk and what others 
think of us in order to boldly share His gift to us. 

The second realization is that as long as the Lord 
is not finished with us as evangelists, we are in- 
destructible! In Matthew 10:28-30 Jesus gave the 
truth that it was "the will of your Father" which 
determined when a sparrow would die, when we 
would lose hair, and our time of death. His admoni- 
tion was, "So don't be afraid." It is important to 
remember that this was said by Jesus in the midst 
of His instructions about evangelism. Thus He was 
telling us that we are indestructible until God is 
finished with us here as evangelists and is ready to 
call us home. This truth not only helps us overcome 
the fear of risk, it is what will make evangelism 
actually a thrilling endeavor! 

The third realization (and decision) which 
alleviates the fear of risk is that "I've got nothing to 
lose, and everything to gain." It is an attitude that 
rightly appraises as worthless the things, and even 
people, which hinder us from the only important 
venture of our life. But it is also an attitude which 
must have a guarantee to make it valid. The Lord 
Jesus has given us that guarantee that "everything 
will be gain." In Revelation 3:7-8 to the church of 
Philadelphia. He says "I have placed before you an 
open door that no one can shut." Most agree that 
this is a promise of success in evangelism; it is in 
truth a guarantee to them of such success that there 
will be no failure, no need of fear, no risk at all in 
this venture. In light of the promise of Matthew 7:7-8 
(". . . knock and the door will be opened for you 
. . . and to him who knocks, the door will be 
opened") which we have surely prayed as aj 
Fellowship, we should also claim this guarantee that 
He is completely controlling the risks so that they 
are really no longer fearsome for us. 

Therefore what is the answer to this riddle 
of risk? It is that our God has designed the 
Christian life, especially personal evangelism, 
to be a thrilling adventure in which the real 
risks are controlled by Him. It is sad to think that 
any Christian would knowingly avoid this adventure. 
I hope you have decided to join in on this adventure 
God has planned for us. 


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